A 24-year-old man named Hussaini Abdulsalam has been arrested by operatives of the South West Security Network, also known as Amotekun Corps in Ogun State for motorcycle theft in the Ijebu-Ode area of the state.
The PUNCH reported that Abdulsalam and a member of his two-man gang who is now at large, hired a commercial motorcyclist to take them to a hotel in the Ijebu-Ode metropolis.
The suspects were said to have become friendly with the motorcyclist and offered him a drink which was drugged.
Unfortunately, the motorcyclist reportedly became sleepy as the suspect and his accomplice disappeared with the motorcycle.
Confirming the incident, the Field Commander of the Amotekun Corps in the state, David Akinremi, on Thursday, said the suspect was arrested following credible intelligence linking him to the alleged crime.
He said, “Operatives of the corps in the Sagamu Local Government Area arrested one Hussain Abdulsalam, aged 24, with a stolen motorcycle.
“The said motorcycle was stolen in Ijebu-Ode by a two-man gang who hired the rider to take them to a hotel in the town. The two men became friendly with the rider and offered him a drink, unknown to him that the drink had been drugged.
“The rider, having taken the drink, became drowsy. Consequently, the suspects took away the motorcycle.
“However, based on credible intelligence, the motorcycle which registration number was changed to Ogun AAB 252 WI, was traced to the suspect, Hussaini Abdulssalam, in the Saba area of Sagamu.
“The suspect, who claimed to be a mechanic, alleged that the motorcycle was brought to him for repairs, but could neither give the name of the so-called customer or his address.”
Abdulsalam has been handed over to the police headquarters, Eleweran, for further investigation and prosecution.