An unimaginable incident has occurred in Calabar, Cross River State as a son of a Professor in the University of Calabar (UNICAL) simply identified as Jerry has been arrested for allegedly stealing a Belgium (second-hand) Hilux engine worth two million naira inside the UNICAL Staff quarters last weekend.
THE PARADISE NEWS gathered that the Professor’s son and two others, namely David and Paul were arrested by the UNICAL internal security led by the Chief Security Officer of the University, Capt. Augustine Bisong (retd.) after a thorough investigation.
Capt. Bisong disclosed that the engine was bought to replace a bad one in the vehicle of a principal officer of the University before it was stolen from the Mechanic workshop inside the Staff Quarters.
He stated further that when they got a call that the engine worth N2million naira was missing, they mounted surveillance to recover it.
“The suspects stole and sold the engine – we have also identified the buyer and other accomplices who took the engine out from the University.
“The buyer of the tokunbo (second-hand) Toyota Hilux engine at Bogobri and the vehicle/driver used in moving the engine out from the University have been identified.
“So far, we have arrested three persons. We are also on to the other suspects involved in the engine theft and other related damages to the critical infrastructure of the University.
“Those arrested have been terrorising members of the University community – stealing car batteries, armoured cables and the solar vandalising street lights to get their batteries.
“We have been on surveillance for two weeks after the Hilux engine was stolen and we have been on their trail before they were arrested. They have also named their receiver, a businessman in the popular Bogobri community of the Hausa/ Fulani in Calabar.
“We will hand them over to the security agency for onward prosecution of the matter but we want to seize this opportunity to warn all those who are in the University community who feel they can commit a crime and go scot free that our vigilant eyes are watching and we shall smoke them all out.
“We are serious about maintaining a zero crime University community and we shall leave no stone unturned in achieving this. We want to assure inhabitants to go about their lawful businesses without fear as we have the school community covered,” Bissong assured.
Meanwhile, the trio claimed that they thought it was scrap metal that was no longer useful.
One of the prime suspects, David who hails from Benue and a resident of the University Staff Quarters said they sold the engine at Bogobiri for N30,000.
According to David, he lives with his mum who is a Potter inside one of the University’s hostels and did not know that the engine was still in perfect condition.
“We took the engine to Bogobiri, we sold it for N30,000 because we thought it was a scrap metal. I am sorry because I will never get involved in such again”, he said.