Police nab 28 robbery suspects in Abuja

Jubilation in Abia, Lagos, Kano, others as court adjourns  kalu's case indefinitelyPolice in theFederal Capital Territory (FCT) has arrested 28 suspects terrorizing residents of the area with their deadly activities.

They were arrested for armed robbery, car theft, phone snatching, burglary, and possession of illegal firearms and fake currencies, among other crimes.

Parading the suspects before newsmen at the command’s headquarters, deputy commissioner in charge of administration, Rabiu Ladodo, said the command has intensified its onslaught against criminals through constant raid of identified criminal hideouts, strategic deployment of uniformed and plain-clothes police operatives, surprise stop-and-search operations and the adoption of foot and vehicular patrols.

Ladodo, who said the initiative has achieved tremendous results, called on residents who have been supporting the police with information to continue to do so to rid the FCT of criminals.

He said that through raids on criminal hideouts, the command arrested two suspects Adamu Jauro Bello, 28, and Sefullah Umar, 20, with 16 and a half bags of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp at a warehouse in Tudun Wada, Lugbe, while one Peter was nabbed in possession of a live cartridge at Games Village.

A stop-and-search operation led to the arrest of a seven-man gang that specialized in robbing motorists of their vehicles.

He said the gang also specialized in using weapons to rob their victims of phones, cash, and other valuables.

He listed those arrested to include Peter, 25, Abdullahi, 29, (owner of the gun), Awal, 26, Victor, 27, Yahuza, 24, Awoba, 24, Hamza, 23, Eze, 20, and Julius, 28, all of no fixed address.

Another suspect, Adama, was nabbed at Apo, near Shoprite, for being in possession of a locally made single-barrel pistol with three rounds of ammunition while one Enenche, 25, was arrested for attacking two ladies with a cutlass and robbing them of a bag containing N20,000 and an Itel mobile phone.

He said: “Following a reported case of a car snatched at gunpoint on February 12, 2018, at Lugbe, police operatives from Lugbe Division have arrested members of the notorious car-snatching syndicate and recovered the Opel car, with registration number BLD 176 XA.

“Upon discreet investigation, the suspects were tracked down to their hideout at Angulu-Jos in Plateau State, where they were arrested on September 17, 2018. The suspects arrested are Salisu, 32, Adamu, 31, and Saleh, 31.

Efforts are on to recover the firearm used by the gang for their robbery operations.”

He also said all the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.

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