Nigerian nationals caught dismantling stolen van at Chiba workshop
tokyoreporter.com -- May 19
Two male Nigerian nationals have been arrested after they were found dismantling a stolen Toyota HiAce van at a workshop in Inzai City, reports Nippon News Network.

On Tuesday afternoon, Chiba Prefectural Police arrested Onuba Emmanuel Gabriel, 47, and Oniyaba Tony, 46, at the workshop for allegedly storing a vehicle known to be stolen.

Onuba admits to the allegations. However, Oniyaba denies the allegations, telling police he does not know why he was arrested.

Prior to their arrests, the suspects were in the middle of dismantling the HiAce when an investigator entered the workshop for an inspection. The officer had received a tip that a stolen vehicle was on the premises.

According to police, the yard is likely being used to prepare stolen vehicles for sale overseas. In Chiba, there are more than 500 locations for such purposes.

Police are considering applying additional charges to the two suspects after finding parts from approximately four other vehicles at the workshop, according to TV Asahi (May 17).

捜査員が踏み込んだ際、男らは盗まれたハイエースを解体していました。 ナイジェリア人のオヌバ・エマニュエル・ガブリエル容疑者(47)とオニヤバ・トニー容疑者(46)は16日午後、盗まれたハイエースを千葉県印西市の解体作業所に保管した疑いが持たれています。
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