The Edo State Police Command has arrested a 32-year-old man, Peter Okpe, for allegedly using pepper to snatch vehicles. Okpe was held after a car he allegedly snatched ran into a ditch on the Benin-Lagos Expressway.
The police said he and other members of his gang hired a cab and blew some ground pepper into the eyes of the driver to snatch his vehicle. The suspect was said to have boarded a cab at Okada Junction and asked the driver to stop.
He was said to have blown some pepper into the driver’s eyes and pushed him out of the car. Luck ran out on him when the car ran into a ditch and he was arrested by a combined team of vigilantes and policemen.
Police spokesman Stephen Onwochei, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), described the trend as new among criminals in the state. He said the police would probe the matter to arrest other members of the gang.