The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has commended the International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) over the recovery of three vehicles stolen from Nigeria in the Niger Republic.
He said the recovery of the vehicles followed credible intelligence and physical support from operatives of INTERPOL in Niamey that led to the trailing of a trans-border car theft syndicate and the eventual recovery of their loot.
The Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.
He said the investigation lasted for several days before the vehicles, a Toyota Camry with Chassis No: 4T1BE46K47U673141, Mercedes Benz 2012 550GL with Chassis No. 4JGBF8GE8CA762560 and a Hyundai vehicle with Chassis No: KMHDH41EBDU54686 were recovered.
The police spokesman said the platform was to curb trans-border crimes, especially crimes that cascade into other neighbouring African countries.
“While commending the unrelenting efforts of Police Operatives, the I-G commended the INTERPOL Niamey for their cooperation and the important roles played in the recovery of the stolen vehicles,” he said.
Adejobi said the I-G called on the public to report cases of stolen vehicles promptly for necessary action, within or outside the country.
He said the I-G advised Nigerians to take advantage of the cooperation to recover their stolen items, particularly vehicles.