I Stole My Boss Car For Valentine Party Show-Off, Says Driver

By Afolabi Joseph

Nemesis has caught up with a young man who has been arrested by the operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly making away with his boss’ vehicle in order to celebrate the last Valentine day anniversary, February 14, two weeks ago in Lagos.

It was gathered, that the suspect, Emmanuel John, 28 years old, duplicated the ignition key and removed the vehicle from his boss residence, where it was parked, without her consent.

It was learnt that Emmanuel was arrested at Abraham Adesanya Estate, Lekki, on Sunday night (February 14, 2016) for stealing his boss car after the close of the day’s work, ostensibly with a plan to take the car, a Toyota Corolla, marked, EPE 642 DX (Lagos) to a Valentine party show at Splash Hotel, Sangotedo, Ajah.

Investigations revealed that, John had, a week before carrying out his plans on 14th February, 2016, cut the Toyota Corolla car ignition key, without the knowledge of her boss, Mrs. Flora Ighalo.

When he was not supposed to be on duty on Sunday afternoon, it was gathered, the 28-year-old suspect sneaked into the Abraham Adesanya Estate residence of her boss, and made away the car, with his cut duplicated key.

According to him, “I and my friend, Oscar, wanted to drive the Toyota Corolla car to Splash Hotel’s Valentine Show on Sunday night. Prior to that, I persuaded Madam to give me a go-ahead to cut a spare key, but she declined. But a week before the February 14 Valentine celebration I duplicated the key in Oba lenders, without her knowledge.

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“Even though, she excused me from work on Sundays, but I still sneaked into her residence and made away, with the car after church service. I took the car to my residence in Ajuwe Area, Ajah, Lagos.

My plan was that, after the Valentine show, it would not be stressful for me to leave the show around 3:00 a.m, go home and freshen up and set out the next day to Abraham Adesanya Estate by 4:00 a.m, for the day’s work, with the car.

“Having driven the car round Ajah and I was on my way home at about 8:00 p.m. when Madam began calling me on my mobile set. When i picked the call, she asked where I was. She said, I should report to her house without delay, that I was going to take her somewhere. I obliged, turned the car and I headed towards Abraham Adesanya Estate.

“I was Abraham Adesanya Estate Roundabout, trying to enter the Estate, when I suddenly sighted a man, who blocked me with his car. It was there I was arrested by the operatives of the RRS. They asked me where I took the car to, since morning and I explained everything to them.

“Madam has been very nice to me. She pays me N35, 000 as my monthly salary. I am almost like her family member. I am free with her and her family members”, said Emmanuel.

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On her part, the victim, Mrs Flora Ighalo, a tax consultant, said, “at about 8:20 p.m on Sunday, February 14, I was seeing off my in – law and to my surprise, I discovered that my car, a Toyota saloon, EPE 642 DX, had been removed from the park.

Immediately, I called my friends and one of them, got in touch with the operatives of RRS, but it never occurred to me that my driver could take a vehicle I just brought from the church, with its key in my hand, without my notice. Besides, he was not supposed to come to work on Sunday.

“How could he have come to my house without my consent and take away my car? The car has only one key. Where could he have got another key”? she queried.

“I called him to ask him where he is and he told me that he was at home. I told him to come and pick me to somewhere, he said okay. He came and we saw the car with him”, she explained.

While confirming the story, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said the suspect had been transferred to the operatives of the Special Anti – Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Lagos State Police Command headquarters, Ikeja, for further investigation.

“It is important to determine if the suspect acted alone or he has an accomplice”, she added.