The operatives of the Lagos State Rapid Response Squad, a unit of the Lagos State Police Command, have arrested two suspects, who specialised in vandalising vehicles and stealing their brain boxes.
The suspects Sodiq Musa, 28 years old, and Saidu Atiku, 34 years old, were arrested at 27, Awolowo road Ikeja with three Toyota vehicle brain boxes while Ridwan Adamu escaped with the fourth box.
One of the suspects, Mr Musa, claimed he was a graduate of Political Science from a Nigerian university where he studied Political Science before he came to Lagos in 2017 in search of greener pasture.
“I worked in Lagos as a barbeque man in various hotels and events before I met Ridwan who introduced me to brain box theft where He taught me all the antics and styles.”
“We use ‘magic stone’ that is, a vehicle spark plug to break vehicle windows without attracting attention. It takes two minutes to lose a Toyota Hiace bus brain box and it takes four minutes to lose a Toyota Hilux box”.
“The spark plug reduces the noise and effects quick break of any vehicle window and we tie the plug in a handkerchief in a situation where we have multiple vehicles to work on.”
In his confessional statement to the RRS operatives, Mr Musa told the officers that Mr Atiku was a security guard who works for a company located on that street where they were arrested and had earlier in the day called him, who is the leader of the team, to come feast on vehicles belonging to their company which are parked outside the company’s premises but which he Mr Atiku is supposed to guard.
On getting the hint, Messrs Musa and Atiku set to action and got to the venue around 1:00 a.m. The broke into two Toyota Hiace and two Toyota Hilux belonging to the company which employed Mr Atiku as night guard stealing their brain boxes before another security nearby raised alarm. This led to their arrest. Mr Musa was caught with three boxes while Ridwan fled with one.
Mr Musa was thereafter taken to RRS Headquarters, where he confessed the involvement of Mr Atiku. He disclosed that he invited them for the operation and was reported to have slept beside the vehicles, which they vandalized and stole from while Mr Atiku cooperated and pretended like nothing was happening.
“We specialized in stealing Toyota brain boxes because they fetch good money in the market. The demand for them are higher than any other brand. For example, we sold a Toyota Hiace bus for N40,000 while that of Toyota Hilux goes for N20,000 respectively”.