A 49-year old notorious car thief that specialized in drugging his
victims before stealing their vehicles within Abuja, Benue and Kogi
States, has been arrested by operatives of the Inspector- General of
Police Special Intelligence Response team.
Crime Alert gathered that eight vehicles suspected to have been stolen
from his victims have been recovered from the suspect who is currently
being detained at the Force Headquarters, Abuja.
The suspect confessed that he drugged his victims with tea and biscuit before robbing their cars.
Police sources disclosed that a victim, whose vehicle was robbed by the
suspect in Abuja, gave him out and he was trailed to his home town in
Otukpo, Benue State, where he was discovered to own a car stand.
According to the suspect; “I am Garuba Ibrahim, 49. I am from Otukpo
area of Benue State. I am married with four children. I deal on fairly
used shoes and I buy my shoes from Jos, Plateau State but in the year
2013, I went into selling cars. I used to go to Cotonou through
Birini-Kebbi, but when my father died, I was asked to come home. When I
got there, the elders told me that my father said I should stay at home
before he died. Before that, there was an arraignment I had with my
sister that if I should stay at home, they will pay me N100, 000
I stayed until 2015, the money stopped coming. Then, I was into farming
of kola nut, maize and I harvested it. I made over N330, 000. I gave my
family N50, 000, and I took the rest to Birini Kebbi where I went into
As soon as I went into the business, I started making huge profits from
it. I was into buying and selling of vehicles. Then one day, I took a
vehicle from Makurdi to Gboko and offered the driver food. I bought
Semovita and soup and drugged it without the driver’s knowledge. We then
drove to the secretariat and he started eating. As soon as he tasted
the food, he started feeling dizzy. I brought his floor mat and he slept
on it. Before then, I asked him to give me his car key to scratch my
ear which he willingly obliged. I then drove the car, a Golf 3 station
wagon, down to Otukpo and gave it to a man they call Chiama. I sold it
to him for N500, 000.
Fourteen days later, I travelled to Abuja and took a cab to Sheraton
hotel. When we got there, I paid him and asked that he should wait for
me. I went to the swimming pool, sat down there and when I got out, I
asked him to take me to another hotel. When we got there, I paid for a
room and we went inside. Then we decided to get something to eat. After
that, he bought bread and I bought some other items. When we went back
to the hotel and we were about eating, I bought a packet of biscuit and
cleverly drugged it. I also bought a bottle of beer and offered him one
of the drugged slices of biscuit and he ate it. Thirty minutes later, he
slept off. I took the key to the car, a Toyota Picnic and drove off.
I took the car to Kano and sold it to one Abdulraman for N600, 000. I
found two phones in the car and gave one to my mother in-law and a
sister to my wife. The man who taught me the trick of drugging my victim
is Ibrahim Dogo from Sokoto state.”