FCT police operatives arrest notorious armed robbers, car snatchers

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Operatives of the Federal Capital Territory Police Command have arrested notorious armed robbers, car snatchers and other suspected criminals terrorizing the city.

Addressing newsmen on the breakthrough recorded by the command in the past few days, the FCT police boss, CPP Babaji Sunday noted that security of the Federal Capital Territory remains the crux of their mandate as an institution.

He said they have mapped out strategies to effectively perform their responsibilities especially in view of the ember month.

“In this regard, the command has massively deployed personnel to flashpoints in and around the FCT. As a follow to this, we have intensified vehicular and foot patrols, diligent stop and search operations, intelligence-based crime fighting strategies and constant raids on blackspots especially drug spots.

“Furthermore, the command has continued to improve upon its community policing strategies by regular engaging the community to provide actionable intelligence for proactive policing within the FCT.

“It is worthy of note that one of the command’s recent achievements was the cracking of a notorious car theft syndicate, which was not only achieved by the diligence of the police Detectives on stop and search operation, but also by the effort of residents who provided credible information to the police.

“However, as the Yuletide season approaches, I want to appeal to residents to be more security conscious and provide timely information in case of emergency as our emergency lines are in circulation.

“At this juncture, I want to sound a note of warning to criminal elements within FCT to desist from their nefarious activities or face the full wrath of the law. Also, I wish to reiterate the ban on the use of tinted vehicles and covered number plates within the FCT, as all violators will be arrested and prosecuted accordingly.”

On October 6, 2021 acting on credible intelligence, operatives from the Commands Anti-violence crime section of the CID arrested one Saliu James 25, around Nyanya axis of the FCT. The suspect confessed to sending one Umar Hamza to buy him a pistol. “Investigation reveals that the said Umar was arrested and is in police custody. However, Saliu confessed that the aim of getting the pistol is to enable him carryout an operation where he will rob people of their vehicles at gunpoint. He further stated that he stole one Toyota camry pencil light and sold it to one Samuel Emmanuel 41, who specializes in receiving stolen vehicles and reselling them to innocent members of the Public.

“In another development, police operatives from the Antiviolence crime section arrested one Yusuf Isa, 40, a resident of Keffi in Nasarawa State for removing a car from where it was parked in Zuba axis of the FCT and selling it to the same Samuel Emmanuel a resident of Garaku Nasarawa state, a receiver of stolen vehicles. Yusuf confessed to stealing various cars at different locations of the FCT and Nasarawa state respectively. Some of the cars he stole and were recovered includes: Two Toyota Carina E saloon vehicles and Two Honda CRV vehicles. Investigation further led to the arrest of one Abdulateef Abolade, 68 years in osun state, who specializes in fabricating keys, which they use to steal vehicles. Exhibits recovered from these suspects are two locally made pistols, five vehicles and fabricated master keys. The suspects will be arraigned in court upon conclusion of investigation.”

Acting on a tip-off, operatives attached to the commands anti-car theft section of the CID, arrested one Brown Ojibo, 45, on September 24, 2021 along Dei-Dei axis of the FCT. “Brown specializes in selling hard drugs and buying stolen vehicles. He however met his waterloo after buying a robbed vehicle from his friend Ogboni. Exhibits recovered from him are: One Honda Accord AKA evil spirit and one Toyota corolla AKA muscle.”

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