By Paul Iyoghojie
Operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, FSARS deployed to Ondo State, Southwest, Nigeria have arrested two suspects who allegedly specialised in printing of fake vehicle, motorcycle plate numbers, vehicle license and hackney permits.
They also allegedly engaged in printing of stage carriage license, national identification scheme and vehicle insurance certificates in the state and selling them to motorists at cheaper rates.
The FSARS operation were deployed to Ondo by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu through the Commissioner of Police, CP in charge of FSARS, Lagos, CP Fimihan Adeoye to wage war against kidnapping, armed robbery and other vices in the state.
A police source said that the illegal activities of the suspects led to the loss of millions of naira in revenue generation by the Ondo State Government.
Police identified the arrested suspects as Femi Alaba and Victor Afinfe who claimed to be motorcycle spare parts dealers in Ondo Town.
According to the Police, nemesis caught up with the suspects when some vehicle owners in Ondo State sent a petition to IGP Adamu that half of the vehicles and motorcycles operating in the state were using fake plate numbers and documents being sold to them by some syndicates.
Following the report, Adamu directed the CP in charge of FSARS, Lagos, Mr. Fimihan Adeoye to hunt down the suspects behind the printing of fake vehicle and motorcycle plate numbers and documents in Ondo State.
Adeoye gave a marching order to his crack team led by SP Olaniyi Festus to fish out the suspects any where they could be found.
The Police team, after days of intelligence gathering, swooped on the suspects at their hideout and arrested two, while their leader called Francis managed to escape.
During investigation, according to the police, the arrested suspects allegedly confessed to the crime and said that they have been supplying fake plate numbers and documents to motorists and motorcycle riders operating in Ondo State for long.
The suspects led the police to arrest about twenty motorcycles and their riders who bought the plate numbers and documents from them.
A police source said that they have launched a manhunt for the arrest of other buyers of the fake number plates and documents and that after investigation, the suspects would be charged to court.