A dismissed soldier, Isiaka Abubakar, was on Thursday paraded by the Oyo State Police Command for snatching a car at gunpoint.
Abubakar, 34, with his accomplice, Saheed Akangbe, 24, were arrested after they snatched a Toyota Camry with plate, KJA 89 ER.
Abiodun Odude, the state commissioner of police, said Abubakar was dismissed from 1 Division of the Nigerian Army, adding that three cut-to-size guns were recovered from the suspects.
The police commissioner noted that the robbery was coordinated by an inmate of the Ibara Prison in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Ismaila Adeosun, adding that Akangbe was an ex-convict released from prison in April this year.
“The two suspects belong to a robbery gang which specialised in snatching cars in Lagos, Ogun, Oyo and neighbouring states. The robbery operations were always coordinated by Adeosun, who is serving in the Ibara Prison in Abeokuta.
Meanwhile, Abubakar said he spent eight years in the army, adding that he was dismissed as a lance corporal.
“My major task is to escort snatched vehicles with my uniform. I did not take part in any robbery.”
By Tony Nwanne