Enugu - The Enugu State Police Command has alerted commercial drivers to the activities of car snatching syndicate which specialised in dispossessing drivers of their vehicles by drugging them while on hiring.
The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Ebere Amaraizu, gave the warning in a statement made available to the media on Saturday in Enugu.
According to the statement, members of the syndicate offered drugged edibles to unsuspecting commercial drivers and rob them of their car while drowsy.
"This is in view of intelligence gathered by the command on activities of suspected hoodlums under the guise of a hirer or passenger."
"They pretend to be engaging commercial vehicle operators for hiring and dispose them of their vehicles by offering them edible items like fruit juice drink."
"Most of their victims have been drugged and leaving them (drivers) unconscious and weak, while at times sleeping off."
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"Thereby paving way for the suspected robber, robbers or even their syndicates to disappear with the said car or vehicle."
The statement noted that the command had been intensifying its intelligence network to fish out the perpetrators and bring them to book.
In another development, the statement said the command had advised those who constantly impede free flow of traffic with their vehicles and wares in Enugu metropolis to desist henceforth.
It said that the command had directed its operatives to fish out the culprits and prosecute them in line with the provisions of the relevant sections of the law.
"It enjoined members of the public, particularly vehicle and tricycle operators to be law abiding," it said.