Nigeria. Though not a new trend, car snatchers have continued to devise
new methods to carry out their nefarious act. Below are some of the new
tricks to watch out for:
to lure men into giving them a ride. The lady tells the man that she is
heading to a location. There, some men, who are her accomplices, will
be waiting at the location to snatch his car.
who she described as an accommodating man, never liked refusing a
stranger a lift in his Lexus RX 300 SUV.
had informed his wife that he had given a young woman a lift and that
they both spoke at length. He went as far as exchanging numbers with the
lady and informing her about the cost of his car when the lady
called the deceased on the phone and told him to pick her up if he was
going to pass through her route around Jakande Estate, Lagos, where they
had first met.
Jimoh’s death, told the police that two men had accosted Jimoh after
they stopped to buy fruits. She said the men drove the deceased away in
Command, thieves and car snatchers mount motorbikes along major highways
in Ogun State particularly along Lagos/Ibadan, Sagamu/Abeokuta,
Abeokuta/Lagos and Sagamu/Ijebu Ode/Benin, to perpetrate evil acts. They
pretend to show sympathy towards road users and eventually snatch their
motorists, or raise the alarm of a punctured tyre or damaged portion on
one’s vehicle .They eventually rob anyone who yields to their fake care
motorists, who found themselves in gridlock, were forced to abandon
their cars after the firing of gun shots by car snatchers.
robbery gang, while being questioned at the Lagos Police Command
headquarters, Ikeja, said his team specialised in snatching vehicles in
preferred to operate during gridlock. Abiodun added that the gang
usually stormed an area on motorcycles and fired gun shots in the air.
In the process, motorists would flee the scene, abandoning their
the car of their choice and zoom off. At other times, he said the gang
would stand by the roadside, pretending to be waiting for commercial
buses before snatching a car.
car hits you from behind, storming out for an argument may not be a good
idea as the offender may be a car snatcher, reports say.
been terrorising female car owners around Lagos Island, notably Epe,
Ajah, Lekki Peninsula, Victoria Island, among others, was apprehended by
operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Lagos State Police
himself as Ndubuisi Chinedu aka Stephen, 23, from Onitsha Ugbo, Delta
State, revealed that whenever the gang sighted their would-be victim,
especially a woman, they would drive fast and hit the woman’s car at the
the woman to walk towards her car. The moment she moves closer, two of
them would enter the woman’s car and drive off; while others would
follow in their car.
execute their act. Their informants are usually domestic servants or
persons that work closely with their victims. These informants feed them
with all the necessary information they need, including their victim’s
and three members of a suspected robbery syndicate that specialised in
snatching exotic vehicles were recently arrested by police in Oyo State.
days on the job, when he invited his gang members to rob his employer,
who lived in Iworo town, near Ijebu Ode, Ogun State.
who was a domestic servant to the sister of their victim, were said to
have stormed the cleric’s residence at about 9:30pm on January 10 and
collected the keys of his brand new SUV, a 2009 model, and foreign
currencies comprising $170; 400 Euros and 34,000 Cedis.
persons suspected to be notorious car snatchers within Benin City, Edo
State, and environs, confessed that he usually disguised as a mechanic
to help stranded motorists fix their vehicles.
the owner submitted the keys. The Edo State Police Command said a Lexus
RX 300 SUV was sold by the gang for N120,000 and another new Lexus SUV
Obanugo, Okwuchukwu Ntagu, Dickson Ogiemwonyi and a spray painter,
Godwin Atanu, were arrested after they snatched five cars from different
Ibrahim, arrested by operatives of the Inspector- General of Police
Special Intelligence Response team, Abuja, confessed that he specialised
in drugging his victims before taking their vehicles. His operation
usually happened within Abuja, Benue and Kogi states. Eight vehicles
suspected to have been stolen from his victims were recovered from the
operation, Ibrahim said he boarded a private cab from Makurdi to Gboko.
On the journey, he bought food for the driver; without him knowing that
Ibrahim had put drugs in the food. As soon as the driver tasted the
food, he began to feel dizzy.
mat for him to lay on it. Before then, he had asked the driver for his
car keys to scratch his ear and he willingly obliged.
the extent of faking wounds to arouse sympathy of unsuspecting victims.
This was the case of an alleged car thief, who was nabbed after he went
to a church in Aba, pretending that he was involved in a fire accident.
doctor named Okebugwu Nwankwo, called him out and proved that his wounds
were fake. Two stolen vehicle car keys were found on him.
of his Golf GT car in this manner. He alleged that three middle-aged men
with Bibles along Akpakpava Street beckoned on him to stop while he was
on motion and asked him to drop them at a church located along Jemide,
Government Reservation Area. They claimed to be rushing for a church
enclosed street, one of the men pointed a gun at him and asked him to
stop the vehicle. Apart from his car that was snatched, he was also
disposed of his phone and some amount of money.
warned against giving strangers a lift. The owner of a recovered
vehicle, Mr. David Oriakhi, fell victim to this trick after he offered a
stranger a lift.
young man waved at him and requested for a lift. Oriakhi decided to
offer him a helping hand. But on getting into the car, the man pointed a
gun at him and asked him to hand over all his belongings to him. He was
then ordered to make a U-turn and head towards Epe.
Rapid Response Squad, who chased the vehicle after he intentionally
rammed it into them and shouted for help as the man ordered him to
continue the journey.
Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zanna Ibrahim, said cases of car snatching
among other criminal acts in the state had increased.
patrolling busy places within Asaba and its environs where the car
snatchers frequent to check their activities.
Police Public Relations Officer, Plateau State, Tyopev Terna, advised
car owners to be vigilant.
cases of car theft. But we rose to the task and burst the syndicate, who
wanted to rubbish our efforts at reducing crime in the state. I suggest
that car owners get pedal or steering locks. One could also install
modern tracking devices to help in the tracking of their property.”
theft and car snatching, I advise motorists to install a tracking device
in their cars or use pedal locks that are cheaper and very effective,”
the command said.
Bureau of Statistics showed that 2, 544 vehicles were stolen between
2013 and 2015, out of which 1,377 vehicles were recovered, and this
brings the national recovery rate to 54 per cent.
that while the nation’s stolen vehicle recovery capability was five out
of 10 stolen vehicles, only 14 states were able to achieve better
results than the national average. Ekiti State topped the list while
Kebbi State is at the bottom of the list.
had 76 per cent and 75 per cent recovery rates indicating that they
recovered eight out of every 10 stolen vehicles in their states. Ogun
and Plateau states police commands could also recover seven out of every
10 vehicles stolen in their states. Gombe, FCT Abuja, Zamfara, and
Taraba states had their recovery rates ranging from 61 per cent to 67
per cent while for Jigawa, Bauchi, Kano, Cross River and Borno states,
their recovery rates of stolen vehicles range from 55 per cent to 59 per
Officer, Olarinde Famous-Cole, advised motorists to be more security
conscious when plying the roads.
sure their vehicles are secure when they leave them and remove all
valuables. Also think about where you park your vehicle – is it in a
safe place? Well-lit, well-populated areas or car parks with security
features such as CCTV and gated entry will give you greater peace of
mind. Check that your vehicle is locked before leaving it. Listen for
the locking noise, watch out for the lights to flash or mirrors to fold,
or simply pull the door handle.”
time, act like stranded persons. If you feel kind enough to give someone
a lift, ensure you are not the only one in the car. Car snatchers are
devising new techniques every day; hence motorists must be extra