Mr. Usman Baba, Inspector-General of Police (IGP), has praised the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) for recovering three vehicles stolen from Nigeria in the Niger Republic.
CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the Force Public Relations Officer, stated this in an Abuja statement on Friday.
He stated that the vehicles were recovered as a result of credible intelligence and physical assistance from INTERPOL operatives in Niamey.
According to Adejobi, the intelligence-led to the pursuit of a transnational car theft syndicate and the eventual recovery of their loot.
He stated that the investigation lasted several days before the vehicles were recovered, which included a Toyota Camry with Chassis No: 4T1BE46K47U673141, a Mercedes Benz 2012 550GL with Chassis No: 4JGBF8GE8CA762560, and a Hyundai vehicle with Chassis No: KMHDH41EBDU54686.
According to Adejobi, the IGP praised the 194 INTERPOL member countries’ cooperation and synergy in facilitating global police cooperation.
He added that the IGP also commended operatives from the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), INTERPOL Section, for utilizing the INTERPOL platform.
According to a police spokesman, the platform was created to combat transnational crimes, particularly those that spread to neighboring African countries.
“While praising the unwavering efforts of police officers, the IGP praised INTERPOL Niamey for their cooperation and critical roles in the recovery of stolen vehicles.”
“Such a multilateral relationship is critical to preventing crime and criminality,” he said.
According to Adejobi, the IGP has asked the public to report cases of stolen vehicles as soon as possible so that appropriate action can be taken, either within or outside the country.
He stated that the IGP advised Nigerians to use the cooperation to recover stolen items, particularly vehicles.
“The owners of the vehicles should contact the Nigeria Police Force Criminal Investigations Department, INTERPOL Section, at the Force Headquarters in Abuja for vehicle recovery and claims.”
“The owners must bring valid proof of ownership as well as proper identification,” he said.
Adejobi stated that an investigation was underway to apprehend all parties involved in the case.