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I Didn’t Steal N55M Worth Of Benz, I Angrily Drove It From Abuja To Delta – Suspect


I Didn’t Steal N55M Worth Of Benz, I Angrily Drove It From Abuja To Delta – Suspect

Meshach Isinugo (25) a.k.a Big Shark, has denied stealing a Mercedes Benz worth 55 Million from a car dealer during a test drive in Abuja.

Recall that Isinugo was declared wanted after he was said to have fled with the Benz without paying for it. He was however tracked and nabbed in Edo State alongside the vehicle.

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According to the Delta State Police Command spokesperson, DSP Bright Edafe, Isinugo specialises in stealing cars while posing as an intending buyer. He was arrested in Benin City, Edo State while the stolen car was recovered from a bush along Oteri Road in Ughelli North.

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However, the suspect denied stealing the car, insisting that he went on a test drive with the owner who alighted to get money for fuel but never returned after keeping him waiting for three hours.

He claimed that the car dealer posting his picture on the internet and tagging him a thief made him angry and he switched off his phone so that he would be unreachable before he was eventually arrested in Benin, Edo State.

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“I’m from Ughelli in Delta State, but I live in Abuja. I’m into foreign exchange and bureau de change business. I have been doing this for seven years. I started along that line when I was in secondary school. My business is at Istanbul Airport, Turkey, so I used to shuttle between there and Nigeria. I started it there in 2021. I returned from Istanbul in May after the general elections”.



“I was arrested on July 6 for car theft after I was tracked by the police. Actually, I moved the car from Abuja to Delta State.

“I didn’t steal the car, but it was not mine. What happened was that I got the owner’s contact from an online platform (name withheld). He posted the car’s picture on the platform, putting it up for sale. When I called him to indicate an interest, he told me to come for the car inspection. He was also Abuja-based and the location he invited me to was at Garki.

“I saw the car, and the intending seller put the price at N58 million. I offered to pay N30 million and he said I should test-drive it so that I would know the value of what I was pricing. He gave me the car key and sat on the passenger seat.

“When we got to a filling station, he asked me to pull over as he needed to buy fuel for the car. He told me to wait so that he would go and get some cash to buy the fuel. I waited for his return for three hours but he was nowhere to be found, and I was already causing a queue at the filling station. I called his line several times but it was switched off. It was already dusk so I drove to my residence at almost 8pm. My phone had gone flat then, so I charged it when I got home and called him again. His line was switched off.

“The following day, I drove down to Delta for business. That same day, I saw my picture that he posted on the internet, calling me a car thief. His call also came in and he told me he had informed the police and they were tracking the car. This made me mad at him. It was crazy. I switched off my line known to him and started using my other line.

“My uncle saw me with the car and he asked me about it. I told him how the car came by and he got mad and slapped me. He said he would not allow me to drive the car but would report it at a police station.

“I ran from him because he assaulted me. I was eventually arrested in Benin, Edo State. I didn’t steal the car, I only drove it from Abuja to Delta. If I were the car dealer, I would just look for a way to get the car back. That would work,” the suspect stated.

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