Operatives of the Lagos State Rapid Response Squad, a unit of the Lagos State Police Command, have arrested two armed robbery suspects, identified as Sodiq Musa, 28, and Saidu Atiku, 34.
During interrogation, the suspects disclosed to the police that it took them less than four minutes to steal the brain box of a vehicle.
The suspects, according to the police, who were specialists in vandalizing vehicles and stealing the brain boxes of the vehicles, were apprehended at 27, Awolowo Road, Ikeja, Lagos, with three Toyota vehicle brain boxes in their possession.
The suspects belonged to a 3-member gang but the third member of the gang, identified as Adamu Ridwan, was said to have escaped with the fourth brain box they stole for the day.
One of the suspects, Musa, claimed he was a graduate of Political Science before he came to Lagos in 2017 in search of greener pastures.
“I worked in Lagos as a barbeque man in various hotels and events before I met Ridwan who introduced me to brain box theft and taught me all the antics and styles.
“We use ‘magic stone’, that is, vehicle spark plug to break vehicle windows without attracting attention. It takes two minutes to loosen a Toyota Hiace bus brain box, while it takes four minutes to loosen a Toyota Hilux box. The spark plug reduces the noise and effects quick break of any vehicle window. We tie the plug in a handkerchief in a situation where we have multiple vehicles to work on,” Musa said.
Musa also told the RRS operatives that his accomplice, Atiku, was a security personnel associated with a company located on the street where they were arrested. The confession Musa gave suggests that Atiku would call Ridwan, whom he described as the leader of the gang, then they would come over and raid all the vehicles belonging to the company, which were parked outside the company’s premises.
Atiku, who was supposed to be guarding the company, would then invite Ridwan and Musa to carry out their theft. Their last activity was the robbery that occurred around 1 am. They broke into two Toyota Hiace and two Toyota Hilux vehicles belonging to the company, stealing their brain boxes.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu, upon this revelation has advised car owners to be careful with their cars.
"Vehicle owners should be careful when parking their vehicles and are heading into public places like hotels, night clubs and beer parlours," he said.