Nigeria Police have paraded 40 suspected car thieves, fraudsters and phone snatchers, who have been terrorising the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja and neighbouring states.
Speaking at the parade, the commissioner of Police FCT, CP Sadiq Bello said a total of 78 guns (38 English Pump Actions, 13 Dane Guns, 25 Fabricated Modified Pump Actions, one Fabricated Revolver Pump Actions, one Double Barrel) and 222 Cartridges were recognised.
According to him, “In compliance with IGP’s directive, I would like to seize this opportunity and inform residents of FCT about the activities/operation of the Command’s Enforcement Team for the mop-up, seizure and recovery of illegal and prohibited firearms and ammunition from unauthorised persons. So far, the taskforce has recovered a total of 78 guns and 222 live cartridges that were voluntarily submitted. Most of the firearms were voluntarily surrendered to the Command Headquarters following robust media campaign and meetings with stakeholders in the five Police Area Commands of the FCT. “
He further noted that one of the suspects, Destiny Jacob was arrested during stop-and-search at Gwarinpa.
He was arrested while in possession of a Toyota Corolla which he and his gang members robbed from the owner at gunpoint on March 15, 2018 at about 2230hrs at Kado Expressway while posing as passengers in the vehicle.
“On February 20, 2018 at about 2000hrs, police operatives on stop-and-search arrested three armed robbery suspects that were in a taxi, two locally made pistols were recovered from them. The three suspects, Tersor Moga, Usama Tijjani and Samuel Ezra were arrested on their way to Wuse for a robbery operation. The revelation by these suspects led to the arrested of Musa Mohammed Sani and Abdulkadir Muktar as the receivers.
“ Also, March 7, 2018, one Mohammed Chado was arrested at Bafate Village in Niger State where he was hiding after he sold a Toyota Camry 2000 model that was given to him for washing, he escaped with it, sold it for N450,000 and used the money to marry a wife. The stolen car has been recovered.”
The CP also noted that, “in another development, acting on tip-off, police operatives arrested one Frank Ogbo and Daniel Chinemerem at Computer Village, Wuse Zone 1, where they went to configure a phone that was robbed at Apo Mechanic Village. When one of the suspects (Frank Ogbo) was searched, a locally-made revolver pistol, four rounds of live ammunition, one sharp knife and one toy gun as well as the robbed phone was recovered.
“Also, one Mari Habila was arrested by police operatives for criminally using his friend’s phone to transfer the sum of Five Hundred and three thousand (N503,000) naira to his personal account through internet banking. The criminal act was committed on February 11, 2018 while the suspect’s friend was sleeping, the suspect was arrested at Gwarimpa as a result of discreet investigation. On interrogation, the suspect confessed that he used part of the stolen money to buy a blue colour Golf 3 car with Reg. No. XD 266 GWL, which has been recovered as exhibit.”
The command has also smashed and arrested members of a housebreaking syndicate that broke into Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) at Mabushi on February, 28, 2018 and stole five plasma television sets, two cameras and wall fans. Discreet investigation launched led to the arrest of three suspects and receivers; they are: Munir Abdullahi, Hayatu Ya’u, Muhammed lsah, Abba Bashir and Salisu Muhammed. Exhibits recovered from the receivers are nine flat screen television sets and one desktop computer.