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UNICAL says graduate stole, sold N2 million engine for N30,000

The buyer of the stolen engine is a businessman at a popular community market in Calabar.

• August 23, 2022
University of Calabar
University of Calabar

An engineering graduate has been arrested for stealing a Toyota Hilux van engine belonging to the University of Calabar. The suspect and his accomplices reportedly sold the N2 million engine for N30,000.

The chief security officer of the university, Augustine Bisong, told journalists in Calabar that the institution’s security team arrested the suspect and two of his accomplices.

He said the three confessed to the crime and that they sold the engine for a paltry N30,000.

Mr Bisong added that the engine was bought to replace a bad one in another vehicle before it was stolen from the university’s mechanic workshop more than a fortnight ago.

“We have identified the buyer and other possible accomplices who took the engine out of the university. So far, we have arrested three persons. We are also on to other suspects involved in the engine theft and other related damages to the critical infrastructure of the university,” he stated.

Mr Bisong added, “The ones arrested have been terrorising members of the university community from whom they have been stealing car batteries and armoured cables and vandalising street lights to remove batteries.”

According to him, the buyer of the stolen engine is a businessman at a popular community market in Calabar. 


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