Afeez Ayo was arrested for stealing a customer’s 2008 Toyota Highlander
SUV and taking it to Lagos. Ayo, a holder of an Ordinary National
Diploma, was said to have changed the number plate of the vehicle and
driven it to Ibadan from where he picked four passengers en route to
According to Punchng, the suspect was arrested at Agodi
Junction, Ibadan. The owner of the SUV, Mrs. Adenike Sani, had left the
car with Ayo at a car wash at the Apo Resettlement Centre, Abuja, only
for him to disappear with the vehicle.
Detectives were said to
have tracked the vehicle to Oyo State where it was recovered and the
suspect apprehended. Ayo revealed he stole the SUV to get back at the
management of the car wash facility for planning to relieve him of his
The 23-year-old said he conveyed four passengers to Lagos
from Ibadan and charged them N500 each to raise money to fuel the SUV.
Asked how he managed to beat the many security checkpoints on the
highway, Ayo explained that he refused to stop when waved down by
The police advise motorists against leaving their car
keys with car wash attendants, noting that incidents of car theft were
on the rise.