Compass Newspaper Editor Recovers His Stolen Car

Mr Gabriel Akinadewo. Photo: Zimbio

Mr Gabriel Akinadewo. Photo: Zimbio

The snatched Toyota Avensis car belonging to Nigerian Compass Newspaper’s editor, Mr Gabriel Akinadewo, has been found at Alakuko area Of Lagos.

The car, 2008 model marked Ogun CP 11 AKM, was snatched at gunpoint on Sunday night by armed robbers dressed in police uniform at about 10 p.m.

He was returning from his office on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway when he ran into the road block mounted by the robbers in front of a new generation bank at Agidingbi, Ikeja, Lagos.

Mr Akinadewo, a member of Cheribum and Seraphim Church, left church for his office in his white garment when four men suddenly blocked his way on Business Club Road, near Femi Anikulapo’s Shrine.

He decided to go through Amaraolu Street linking a bank. As he approached the bank, he saw the four men again in police uniform in front of the bank. They flagged him with a torch light that he should stop. I did and greeted them thinking they were policemen.

Narrating how the car was snatched, Mr Akinadewo said: “They asked me, ‘can we see your boot?’ As I got down to open the boot, one of them suddenly whispered to me, ‘we are not policemen. It is better for you not to shout. So, cooperate.’ Another one grabbed my car key and ordered me to sit at the back seat sandwiched by two of them. One drove my car and the last one sat in the front with the driver.

“Because of the white garment I wore, one of them asked me if I was a pastor. I said no. The same man saw my identity card and asked if I was a journalist. I said ‘yes’. Their leader reprimanded him saying, ‘keep quiet, why do you ask him questions?’ They took me in my car through Wempco Road to Oba Ogunji Road.

“As they were going, one of the robbers called somebody on phone and he said, ‘super, we got two, a SUV and a car. They are okay, they are neat.’ In the SUV, there were four other robbers also dressed in police uniform with the owner of the SUV at the back. The owner was wearing a lace material.

“They moved to Mobil, Stadium Road, Railway line in Agege and Abattoir. There, they told me to get down, that I must not make any noise. I quickly called the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Umar Manko who immediately ordered police in Abattoir and others to organise search parties for the car. I later reported the matter at Pen Cinema Police Division. I finally got home at about 2 a.m. today.”

However, the car was abandoned at Alakuko area Of Lagos and has been handed over to the Police at Alausa Division, the jurisdiction where it was snatched on Sunday.

Residents and shop owners in the area told Akinadewo that they met the car parked by the road side. Members of he Odua Peoples Congress in the area reportedly found the car.

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