Men of the Lagos State Rapid Response Squad, RRS, have arrested two suspected thieves, Saidu Atiku and one other who specialized in vandalizing vehicles and stealing their brain boxes.
The suspects, Sodiq Musa, 28 and Saidu Atiku, 34, were arrested at Ikeja with three Toyota vehicle brain boxes while Ridwan Adamu escaped with the fourth box. One of the suspects, Sodiq claimed he was a graduate of Political Science from one of the Nigerian Universities before coming to Lagos in 2017 in search of greener pasture.
“I worked in Lagos as a barbecue man in various hotels and event centres before I met Ridwan who introduced me to brain box theft. We use ‘magic stone,’ that is, vehicle spark plug to break vehicle windows without attracting attention.
It takes two minutes to loose 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 and can quickly break of any vehicle’s window and we tie the plug in a handkerchief in a situation where we have multiple vehicles to work on,” he said.
“We specialised 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”.
The Commissioner of Police, CP Zubairu Muazu, in his reaction to the incident directed the transfer of the case to State CID, Panti.