He’s your modern day thief. Single-handedly he has managed to perfect the mode of stealing cars. His MO- to apply as a driver to un-suspecting employers and, after securing employment, abscond with their cars.
Wasiu Saka, 30, is a notorious car robber in Ondo State whose arrest, escape from police cell and re-arrest is generating controversy.
After stealing cars from his employers in Lagos State, Saka will drive to Akungba-Akoko, his home town in Ondo State, to show off that he had ‘arrived’ and live big after which he would sell the car at a ridiculous price and return to Lagos for another car theft operation.
He was arrested by detectives from the Ondo State Police Command last month with a Toyota Hiace bus marked, Lagos JJJ 94XD.
His latest operation was what however got him nabbed. After interrogation, he reportedly confessed to have stolen the bus from a Good Samaritan who, after listening to his story that he has a family in Ondo State and had been jobless for months and desperately in need of a job to feed his family members, employed him as a driver.
He dropped his employer in church he fled with the car only to inform her that the vehicle had been stolen. He would have gotten off easy if not for his greed to get more from the rich woman.
After his arrest on June 21, he, however, miraculously escaped from police cell in the night of the second day after the arrest but was later re-arrested after being found.
Upon re-arrest, Saka allegedly confessed that his escape from police cell was made possible with help from some policemen, and that after paying them relocated to Ile-Ife, Osun State to avoid the prying eyes of police detectives.
He alleged that those who aided his escape from police cell also taught him what to do to avoid re-arrest.
The suspect alleged that he was able to escape from police cell after settling some policemen with N60,000.
“When I was told that I would be taken to court and may be remanded in Olokuta Prison, I discussed with some policemen on how they could assist me”,he was quoted as saying.
“ I later paid them N60, 000 and they facilitated my escape from cell and I fled to Ile-Ife. Saka described the police allegation that he escaped from cell as unfair, saying he paid his way through.
But two policemen, who reportedly witnessed the interview, were said to have shouted him down, describing him as a chronic liar and notorious car robber who spoke from both sides of the mouth.
They queried how the same policemen he was accusing of aiding his escape were the ones that re-arrested him.
According to them, the suspect was a drowning man looking for those to pull down and blackmail.
However, the state Police Commissioner, Isaac Eke, and the policemen did not say how Saka escaped from police cell but only interested in his re-arrest.