A fake Army Lieutenant is facing trial for allegedly snatching seven cars.
The suspect, Lawrence Oguezi, who was allegedly caught impersonating Lt.S.M. Sule, was arrested and charged before Ikeja Magistrate’s Court, Lagos State, South-West Nigeria, with conspiracy and robbery.
The seven cars the police recovered from him include a Lexus SUV belonging to Lt. S.M. Sule, a Sienna belonging to a Civil Defence official, a Toyota Camry Tiny Light, a Honda Accord, a Honda Civic and a Camry 2009 model he allegedly stole from a car stand.
It was alleged that he sold all the cars in Owerri, Imo State, South-South Nigeria.
In a statement to police investigators, Oguezi confessed to have been convicted and spent two years in Kirikiri Maximum Prison before he was rearrested at a hotel in Ogudu GRA for impersonation and car snatching.
The suspect, an indigene of Delta State, South-South Nigeria, was allegedly arrested following series of car snatching operations while posing as an army lieutenant.
It was alleged that the suspect, during one of his operations, snatched a car from Lt.S.M. Sule and in the stolen car; he saw three pairs of army uniform which he wore to carry out his operations with a forged army identity card.
It was alleged that the suspect in the army uniform usually stands by the roadside on the highway and flag down motorists for a free ride to the eastern or northern part of the country but would later hijack the car at gun point.
P.M.NEWS also learnt that the suspect allegedly stole the Camry 2009 model car from a car dealer in Ikeja while in army uniform.
It was alleged that the suspect while posing as an army lieutenant visited the car stand, pretended that he wanted to buy the car, but drove off when he was asked to test drive it.
The police, through a sting operation, trailed the suspect to a hotel at Ogudu where he was eventually arrested and arraigned on an eight-count charge of conspiracy and robbery. His plea was not take and the magistrate, Mrs.Oshodi remanded him in prison custody while the duplicate of his file case would be forwarded to Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, for legal advice. The case has been adjourned till 20 May, 2013.