A Muslim cleric popularly called Alfa who was arrested for stealing cars says he sold some of the cars to some pastors at very cheap rates.
A 42-year-old Muslim cleric, Rasheed Ayuba, popularly called Alfa Rasheed, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command, for allegedly being the leader of a stolen car syndicate, Punch reports.
Ayuba, an indigene of Igbesa in Ogun State, was nabbed alongside one Falade Igbekele, who claimed to be an Ibadan, Oyo State based transporter, who bought six of the cars Ayuba and his gang snatched.
The police say a bunch of master keys and about 13 other car keys, as well as charms, were recovered from Ayuba during a search of his hideout.
It was gathered that Ayuba, the prime suspect, who doubles as a Quranic teacher at an Arabic school in Ishasi area of Lagos, was arrested after he stole a Toyota Camry car parked in a hotel premises in the Ikotun area.
Nemesis, however, caught up with him as he was driving the car out of the hotel, by the vigilantes in the neighbourhood, who handed him over to officials of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), of the state police command.
In confessing his crime, Ayuba said:
“I finished from an Arabic school in Ikotun and started teaching Arabic in Ishasi. At about 11pm on June 8, I went to a hotel around Ile-Iwe bus stop to steal a Toyota Camry. But I was arrested by the security guards in the area.
I got the master keys I used from John, who is from Benin Republic. We met in 2013 in Lagos and he sold the master keys to me.
Since then, I had been using them to steal cars. I usually sold the cars to my customers in Ibadan. One of them is Falade (Igbekele) to whom I sold six cars, and Friday, who bought a Toyota Camry."
"I sold some of the cars I stole to two pastors. I sold a Toyota Camry to one pastor Dare for N100,000, and a Honda for N80,000 to another pastor. But Pastor Dare had just paid me N50,000. They all knew I stole the cars.
It was only four cars I had stolen this year before I was arrested."