Oyo - A 27-year-old man from Benin Republic has been arrested by men of the Oyo/Osun Command of the Nigeria Customs Service while trying to take a stolen car out of the country.
Parading him before journalists in Ibadan on Tuesday, the Customs Area Commander, Mr Amade Abdul, said the suspect was a trusted security guard working for the owner of the car in Kano.
Abdul said the suspect was caught by men of his command on Saturday at Saki, a border town with Benin Republic, while driving the car.
According to him, the car is a Chevrolet with Kano registration number AG 189 GRZ .
He said the suspect could not provide the registration papers of the car while he was unable give a satisfactory answer about its ownership.
The area commander said a search of the vehicle's interior by his men led to the discovery of a bank teller bearing the name and phone number of the owner.
He said a call made to the number resulted in the owner confirming that he had been searching for the car while the suspect was a security guard at his house in Kano.
Further investigation, he said, showed that the suspect came to Nigeria about four years ago and had been shuttling between the country and Benin.
The customs chief said the suspect had gained the confidence and trust of the car owner so much that he left his house in his care whenever he travelled.
Abdul said it was after his employer left for his last trip recently that the suspect used the opportunity to steal the car.
He said arrangement had been concluded by his command to hand over the suspect and the stolen car to the Oyo State Police Command for further investigation.