37-year-old auto mechanic, Joshua Simeon, has been arrested by a police team from Maitumbi Division in Minna, for reportedly stealing a Toyota Carina 2 with registration number AP 270 ZAR belonging to a police officer, which he said he wanted to sell to enable him to pay his children’s school fees.
Joshua who stole the car while the owner of the car, Surajo Garba, was asleep, said he wanted to sell the car at a give-away price to enable him to settle the school fees of his four children in primary and secondary schools.
Northern City News gathered that the auto mechanic, who got married 15 years ago, had been involved in theft of vehicles for some time and also had a master key with which he opened car doors and stole them, until he was apprehended.
“I don’t know what I am going to tell my wife and my children, I am ruined, my marriage is in trouble. I hope they will find a place in their hearts to forgive me,” he said.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, Muhammad Abubakar, who confirmed the suspect’s arrest on Sunday, said Joshua who was arrested behind Maitumbi Primary School, Minna along Flamingo Bridge, would be arraigned in court after investigation.
Also, the Niger police also arrested two suspected motorcycle thieves — Sani Magaji, 17, of Suleja in the Suleja Local Government Area and one Illiyasu Ibrahim 35, of the Bwari Area Council, Abuja.
Abubakar told Northern City News on Sunday, that the suspects allegedly stole a Bajaj Boxer motorcycle with registration number, QB 006 AJK, belonging to one Ibrahim Ahmadu.
He described the two suspects as ‘comrades in crime’, saying they would be charged to court after investigation.
Abubakar said the police were working round the clock to ensure that residents’ lives and property were protected “so that the people will go about their normal business without fear.”