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NPF, INTERPOL synergy leads to recovery of three stolen vehicles in Niger Republic

By Paul Michael

Synergy between Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) has led to the recovery of three vehicles that were stolen from Nigeria in Niger Republic.

Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba disclosed this in a press statement by Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, at the weekend.

According to the statement, the achievement was recorded following credible intelligence and physical support from operatives of INTERPOL, which led to the trailing of a trans-border car theft syndicate and the eventual recovery of their loot.

The statement reads, “The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, mni, NPM, fdc, has commended the cooperation and synergy between the One Hundred and Ninety-Four (194) member countries of the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) which has facilitated worldwide police cooperation for enhanced crime control.

“The IGP equally commended operatives of the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), INTERPOL Section, for leveraging the platform made available through INTERPOL to curb trans-border crimes especially crimes that cascade into other neighbouring African countries.

“The IGP made this remark upon the successful recovery of three vehicles stolen from Nigeria in the Niger Republic. The achievement was recorded following credible intelligence and physical support from operatives of INTERPOL Niamey which led to the trailing of a trans-border car theft syndicate and the eventual recovery of their loot.

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“The investigation which lasted for several days led to the recovery of a Toyota Camry with Chassis No: 4T1BE46K47U673141, Mercedes Benz 2012 550GL with Chassis No. 4JGBF8GE8CA762560 and a Hyundai vehicle with Chassis No: KMHDH41EBDU54686.”

The statement further added that investigation into the matter is still ongoing with a bid to arrest all persons complicit in the case.

While commending the unrelenting efforts of Police Operatives, the IGP commended the INTERPOL Niamey for their cooperation and the important roles played in the recovery of the stolen vehicles.

According to the IGP, the multilateral relationship is vital to nip crimes and criminality in the bud. He urged members of the public to report cases of stolen vehicles so that prompt and necessary action can be taken towards recovering them either within or outside Nigeria.

He called on the owners of the recovered vehicles to approach the Nigeria Police Force Criminal Investigations Department, INTERPOL Section, at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, for the recovery and claims of their vehicles, with valid proofs of ownership and proper means of identification.

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