Daily Trust (Abuja)

9 July 2013

Nigeria: Suspected Car Thief Traced Through Bible

Men of the FCT police command have traced and tracked down a man, who allegedly stole a car from where it was parked at Kubwa through a bible the owner left inside the car.

A police source told City News that the owner of the car, one Mr. Akabo of Kukwaba village, Kubwa, reported at Kubwa police division that his Toyota Camry was removed from where it was parked.

The source said that immediately the incident was reported, messages were circulated to policemen on patrol at various locations.

"The information of the stolen car was circulated to our men on stop-and-search and nipping points to be on the look out for the said vehicle. Detectives then started investigating the matter with a view to recovering the said vehicle. In the process, a phone call was received from an unknown person saying he picked a bible belonging to the owner of the vehicle. He was then asked by detectives to remain at the point where he picked it which was behind a church at Sabon-gari area of Bwari," the source narrated.

He said when the detectives got there, the anonymous caller told the detectives how he noticed the suspect dropping the bible and he took the detectives to the house the suspect entered.

When contacted, FCT police spokesperson, Deputy Superintendent Hyelhira Altine Daniel, confirmed the incident and said that the owner of the car parked it in the front of his house in Kubwa from where it was removed.

She said the saving grace was that the man wrote his phone number inside the bible he left in his car.

"The day his car was stolen, he got a call that a bible with his number written on it was picked up, so he told the police. Fortunately for him, the man who picked the bible knows the suspect. He saw the suspect dropping the bible and out of curiosity, he picked up the bible and called the number he saw on it. When detectives questioned him, he took them to where the suspect dropped the bible and subsequently to his house. The suspect was then arrested and upon interrogation, confessed to the crime and took detectives to Idu Village by Airport road, where the car was recovered," she said.

She hinted that the suspect equally confessed to have stolen two cars in 2011 and has even served a prison term for the crime.

She said the case is still being investigated.

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