A notorious car snatcher, Mohammed Bashir has been apprehended by police officers from the Bauchi State Police Command.
Spokesperson for the command, SP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, in a statement on Thursday January 5, said Bashir, 32, of Mariri Area of Kano state, was arrested by operatives attached to ‘B’ Divisional Police headquarters.
According to the PPRO, the suspect and his accomplice still at large, came from Kano to perpetuate their car-snatching activity in Bauchi.
“On the 28th December 2022, a distress call was received by the complainant that his vehicle Toyota Corolla was stolen at the mechanic garage along Sa’adu Zungur road Bauchi,” the statement read.
“On receipt of the report, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) dispatched all patrol teams deployed at strategic locations within his AOR and consequently succeeded in intercepting the suspect and therefore recovered the vehicle. Three (3) different vehicle keys, and a staff identity card of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) bearing the suspect’s name and the photograph were equally recovered in his possession.
“The suspect claimed to have served as a volunteer with Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) until his dismissal by the Corp in 2020. The suspect further confessed to having been introduced into the car snatching activity by one Hamidu in Kano state.
“On this note, the Commissioner of Police CP Aminu Alhassan psc (+) tasked the command’s detectives to heighten surveillance to arrest the other suspect who is at large for prosecution and possible recovery of other stolen cars.”