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Police arrest Lagos car snatcher


A 35-year-old passenger has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command after he attempted to snatch an airport taxi from its driver.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the command’s spokesperson, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the arrest on Wednesday in Lagos.

Hundeyin said that the taxi driver reported the case to the Alausa Police Division on June 11 at about 1:40 a.m.

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He explained that the driver said that at about 1:20 am on June 11, while on driving service at the Chevron area of Ajah, he was stopped by the suspect, pretending to be a passenger.

He quoted the taxi driver as saying that the suspect requested that he take him to the Shrine in Agidigbi, Alausa area of Ikeja, and on conclusion on the fare, they both started the journey to the destination.

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“On getting to the Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, by 7UP Alausa Ikeja, the suspect, who was sitting beside him, suddenly brought out a knife from his bag and attacked him in an attempt to snatch his Toyota Camry car.

“In the process, the driver sustained a deep knife cut on his hand while trying to struggle with the suspect.

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“He quickly raised the alarm, and some good Nigerians came to his rescue while the suspect took to his heels.

“However, after a hot chase, he was later arrested by the Anti-Crime team of the Alausa police division,” he said.

Hundeyin said that the suspect was taken to the station with the car as an exhibit while investigation was ongoing.