The Nigeria police has recovered stolen Toyota Camry, Mercedes Benz and Hyundai vehicles from Niger Republic.
Force spokesperson, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, who disclosed this in a statement on Friday, June 24, said the three vehicles stolen from Nigeria, were recovered through the help of International Criminal Police (INTERPOL) operatives in Niamey.
Adejobi said the achievement was recorded following credible intelligence and physical support from operatives of INTERPOL Niamey which led to the trailing of a trans-border car theft syndicate and the eventual recovery of their loot, the spokesperson said.
“The investigation which lasted for several days led to the recovery of a Toyota Camry with Chassis No: 4T1BE46K47U673141, Mercedes Benz 2012 550GL with Chassis No. 4JGBF8GE8CA762560 and a Hyundai vehicle with Chassis No: KMHDH41EBDU54686,” the statement read.
Reacting to the successful recovery of the stolen vehicle, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, commended the unrelenting efforts of Police Operatives, the INTERPOL Niamey for their cooperation and the important roles played in the recovery of the stolen vehicles.
The IGP also commended the cooperation and synergy between the One Hundred and Ninety-Four (194) member countries of the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) which has facilitated worldwide police cooperation for enhanced crime control.
“The IGP equally commended operatives of the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), INTERPOL Section, for leveraging the platform made available through INTERPOL to curb trans-border crimes especially crimes that cascade into other neighbouring African countries,” the statement read.
“The IGP equally stressed that such a multilateral relationship is vital to nip crimes and criminality in the bud. He urged members of the public to report cases of stolen vehicles so prompt and necessary action can be taken towards their recovery, either within or outside the country.
“The Inspector-General of Police enjoined Nigerians to take advantage of the cooperation to recover their stolen items, particularly vehicles, urged the owners of the aforementioned vehicles to approach the Nigeria Police Force Criminal Investigations Department, INTERPOL Section, at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, for the recovery and claims of their vehicles, with valid proofs of ownership and proper means of identification.”
Meanwhile, investigation into the matter is still ongoing with a bid to arrest all persons complicit in the case.