Honda cars and Sport Utility Vehicles, SUVs are the most sought after automobiles by armed robbers in Lagos State and its environs.
According to data obtained from the Lagos State Police Command headquarters, Ikeja, Lagos State, southwest Nigeria, armed robbers operating in Lagos and its environs snatched a total of 141 Honda cars from January to November this year, compared to other models that were reported stolen during the same period.
P.M.NEWS gathered that the stolen vehicles were dominated by Honda’s End of Discussion model and SUVs, among others. After Honda, Toyota Camry Saloon cars are next with 110 stolen. Nissan models numbering 75 were stolen during the period. 35 Toyota Siennas were stolen, just as 23 Kia cars got stolen. Other car brands stolen totalled 477.
P.M.NEWS investigations revealed that in May alone, 21 Toyota Camry cars, 16 Honda cars, 11 Nissan, three Toyota Sienna, one Kia and 71 other models were reported stolen in Lagos state.
January recorded the lowest number of stolen vehicles with 10 Honda, Two Toyota Camry, two Toyota Sienna, Six Kia, Two Nissan and 17 other models lost to robbers. After Honda and Toyota Camry, the most sought after by armed robbers are Nissan brands like Quest, SUV, Murano and Primera.
The statistics indicated that vehicle theft peaked in July this year when 19 Toyota Camry, 14 Honda, Seven Nissan, 5 Toyota Sienna, 2 Kia and 49 other models were reported stolen in police divisions in Lagos state.
But in November, the figure of reported stolen vehicles went down with 11 Honda, 10 Toyota Camry, Three Toyota Sienna, Two Kia, 12 Nissan, while 12 other models were stolen.
The Police Command’s record of stolen vehicles showed that 22 vehicles were recorded stolen as at 22 November, including three Toyota Camry saloon cars, one Toyota Carina, one Toyota Corolla, two Honda Accord saloon cars, one Audi saloon car and one Mazda 626.
The Lagos State Police Command Public Relations Officer, SDP Ngozi C Braide advised Lagos residents who lost their vehicles to report at police divisions with the originals of their documents.