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Police officers who are of the Zone 2 Command, Lagos have confirmed the arrest of a suspect who’s name was given as Ugomsinachi Maxwell, who allegedly belongs to a gang that specialises in snatching cars at gunpoint.
He allegedly tried to sell a car that he had stolen in Anambra State when he was apprehended in Lagos.
This information was provided to journalists on Thursday in a statement from the Zonal Police Public Relations Officer, Hauwa Adamu.
Adamu said that the suspects were followed to a hotel in Ikorodu where they planned to sell the vehicle.
She said a gun battle ensued and one of the suspected car snatchers, Udoye Somchukwu, died from the gunshot wound he suffered in the crossfire while two others escaped.
Adamu said the gang snatched a black Toyota Highlander SUV at gunpoint from a victim in Anambra State and moved it to Lagos for sale.
Following intelligence gathered by the men of the command, she said the Assistant Inspector General of the Police, Ari Ali, detailed operatives of the Zonal Raider Unit to investigate and confirm the veracity of the information.
She added that the suspects were on September 22, 2023, trailed to Be Happy Hotel in Ita-Maga, Ikorodu, where the snatched vehicle was to be sold.
The statement read, “Upon sighting the police operatives, the suspected robbers engaged the operatives in a gun duel where one Udoye Sochukwu a.k.a. Daddy Seth who sustained a bullet wound was later confirmed dead by a doctor and the remain deposited at the morgue.
“One Ugomsinachi Maxwell was arrested unhurt, two other suspects escaped with bullet wounds, while one unregistered black Toyota Highlander 2003 model was recovered.
“The arrested suspect, a native of Enugu State who resides at No. 15, Olusesi Street, Ejigbo Lagos, when interrogated, claimed he only knew one of the fleeing suspects, Chidera, as a truck-pusher at Ladipo Spare Parts Market sometime in 2022.”
The statement noted that the suspect had been previously arrested for unlawful possession of firearms in April 2023.