They wanted to play smart but luck was not on their side.

These three men, Olufemi, Abiodun and Nurudeen are in trouble.

The car, with registration number GWA 540 GP, was reportedly abandoned at the parking lot of Palms Shopping Mall in Victoria Island for three months.

So, the security officials at the mall reported the matter at Maroko Police Station with a view to finding the owner.

But then these impostors suddenly appeared claiming the vehicle belongs to them.

Mr Isah Abdulmajid, the Maroko Divisional Police Officer, who confirmed the arrest to News Agency of Nigeria, narrated how the suspects were arrested.

“We got a report that the car was abandoned at the mall by unknown person. Then two men, Abiodun Ademola and Nurudeen Adepoju, came to the police station that the car belongs to their father who was mentally ill.

“They claimed their father came to the shopping mall and left the car there. From their statements, I knew they were lying.

“At first, Abiodun claimed he was from Ogun, while Nurudeen claimed Ekiti; I then wonder how two men from two different states are of the same father.

“I threatened to deal with them if they don’t tell the truth. That was when they confessed that one Olufemi Moronfuyi, a cab driver at the shopping mall, heard when the security officer was discussing with the police on phone about the car.

“Olufemi asked the two other suspects to pretend at the police station and claim that their father owns the car, so that they can get the car for sales and share the proceed,’’ Abdilmajid said.

The DPO said that the suspects have been charged to court while a letter had been written to the Motor Licensing Office to ascertain the owner of the abandoned car.

He said that the car had been moved to Maroko Police Station.