Alexander Okere , Benin
The Edo State Police Command has arrested two suspected armed robbers for allegedly snatching a car in Benin , the state capital.
It was learnt that the suspects , Ifakachukwu Michael and Yakubu Suleman, had got to the residence of their victim , Ezekiel Eunice, at about 7 am on January 18 .
Armed with guns, they allegedly robbed her of a Lexus 330 SUV .
While parading the two suspects , the Commissioner of Police, Mr . Johnson Kokumo , told journalists that Eunice’ s jewellery and other valuables were also taken away .
Kukumo noted that the suspects were arrested following an intelligence report , adding that the vehicle had been recovered.
“Two cut – to – size guns , one locally made pistol and one cartridge, including the stolen vehicle were recovered from them (suspects ), ” the commissioner said .
One of the suspects , Michael, told Southern City News that he had plans to sell the vehicle , but had yet to get a buyer before they were arrested .
The 37 – year – old suspect , who claimed to be a truck driver , stated , “ I told one of my friends that I did not have a place to stay . So, he told me to come to his apartment. I slept there with another friend for four days .
“While we were living there , we sighted the woman ’ s vehicle and always saw her driving in and out . When we went to her house , she came out and we overpowered her and took the car . Now, I regret what I did . ”
But the other suspect , Yakubu Suleman , denied having any involvement in the crime .
“I do not know anything about the car . I am a trailer driver . The two men took the car . They only asked me to follow them to Auchi so that they would give me N2 , 000 , ” he said .
The commissioner of police said that the suspects would soon be charged to court .