Operatives of the Federal Special Anti-robbery Squad (FSARS) deployed to Ondo State by the Inspector- General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu have arrested two suspects who allegedly specialised in the printing of fake vehicles number plates, license, hackney permit among others.
Commissioner of Police in charge of FSARS, Lagos, Mr. Fimihan Adeoye, was deployed to Ondo State by the IGP to wage war against kidnapping, armed robbery and other vices in the state.
The suspects were also alleged to be printing counterfeit documents such as Vehicle Insurance Certificates which they sold to motorists at cheaper rates.
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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 and r Afinfe who claimed to be motorcycle spare parts sellers in Ondo Town.
The police alleged that 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 Ondo State were using fake number plates and documents being sold to them by some syndicates.
Following the report, IGP Adamu directed the CP Adeoye to hunt down the suspects behind the printing of fake vehicle and motorcycle numbers and documents in the state. Adeoye gave a marching order to his crack team led by SP Olaniyi Festus to fish out the suspects anywhere they would be found.
The Police team after days of intelligence gathering swooped on the suspects at their hideout and arrested two, while their leader, Francis, managed to escape.
According to the police, the suspects allegedly confessed to the crime and said that they have been supplying fake number plates and documents to motorists and motorcycle riders operating in Ondo State for long.
The suspects led the police to impound about twenty motorcycles and arrest their riders who bought the number of plates 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.