Borno Police Command Parades Varsity Student Over Car Theft
The 29-year-old suspect, Mari Paul Dirkwa, who is a final year student of the Department of Business Education at the University was accused of being behind the stealing of six vehicles.
Parading the suspect before newsmen at the state Police Command headquarters in Maiduguri on Tuesday, the state Police Commissioner, Clement Adoda, said Dirkwa “who specialised in theft of motor vehicles was arrested by a team of special anti-robbery squad on patrol along Bama road, Maiduguri following a tip off while attempting to steal one green colour Honda Civic with registration number MKA 92 AH (Kaduna) property of one Ummi Mari Umar, female, of University of Maiduguri.”
According to the Police chief, the suspect on interrogation, confessed to have previously stolen six different vehicles in Maiduguri which he sold at different locations within Borno State.
Adoda disclosed that the police were making all possible efforts to recover the stolen vehicles, saying the suspect would soon be charged to court at the completion of investigation.
Advising members of the general public, especially car owners to be security conscious at all times, he said they should be wary of where they park their cars and also install anti-theft security devices in their cars.
Speaking with newsmen later, the suspect said he took to car theft in order to meet his financial needs but has since learnt his lesson. While pleading for pardon, he disclosed that the cars stolen by him were always sold at Gamboru, the Nigeria's border town with Cameroon, where they were subsequently smuggled out into the neighbouring country .