THE Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) operative has recovered a stolen vehicle in Edo state.
The vehicle was purportedly snatched at gunpoint along Edusogie Street, off Etete road in Benin City.
FRSC, Head Media Relations and Strategy, Mr Bisi Kazeem in a statement on Friday in Abuja said the vehicle was recovered recently along the Benin Ore Expressway, after Ovia River in Edo State by the Okada unit command operative of the Corps.
The vehicle, a red Toyota Matrix with registration number EKP895AT was earlier reported to be causing obstruction along the route which prompted the Corps to send its field operatives with a recovery vehicle to the scene where no one was found anywhere close to attend to the Vehicle.
The statement indicated that the team that went to the scene of the obstruction reported that it was at this point they suspected there was something not right with the vehicle on that route.
Kazeem, disclosed that during the first search that was conducted, a vehicle licence belonging to Uwalaka Nneka was found. However, when Uwalaka was contacted she informed that the vehicle had been sold to a dealer four years ago.
He said: “Subsequent searches that were conducted yielded another contact in the person of Ehinosen Okonofua who claimed ownership of the vehicle, and he equally gave details of how he was dispossessed of the vehicle in the hands of highway robbers.”
“Okonofua Stanley came to the FRSC command in the company of a Police Inspector, Geoffrey Daniel, who was the IPO of the case when the robbery was earlier reported at Ugbowo Divisional Police Station on !st May 2017.”
“It was also discovered that the Car Stereo and the vehicle battery was missing.”
The FRSC spokesperson said the vehicle was handed over to Okonofua after the Corps Marshal of the FRSC, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, had authorized the release of the vehicle having received report that Okonofua had provided documents and police report to prove his ownership claims.