From Molly Kilete, Abuja
The police force headquarters in Abuja, Thursday paraded 48, suspects for armed robbery, kidnapping, unlawful possession of firearms, cybercrime/financial fraud and other heinous crimes.
The suspects who have been terrorizing innocent persons across the country with their brutal acts were arrested in Plateau, Taraba, Benue and Nassarawa States and the Federal Capital Territory.
They were found to be in possession of 14AK47 rifles, ten AK47 Magazines, 58 live cartridges, four AK47 live ammunition, four POS Machines, two laptop computers, eighteen mobile phones, Internet MODEM and nine ATM cards at the time of their arrest.
Parading the suspects among them a female before newsmen, force public relations officer Frank Mba, sals their arrests followed the flag-off of ‘Operation Puff Adder II’ by the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Adamu, on February, 15, to reinvigorate the ongoing fight against violent crimes in the country and bring the perpetrators to book.
He said the suspects were arrested by operatives of the Federal Intelligence Bureau(FIB), Intelligence Response Team(IRT), and Special Tactical Squad of the Force attached to the Operation Puff Adder II.
He said the operatives arrested the nine suspected kidnappers responsible for the kidnap of a Member, Taraba State House of Assembly in December, 2020.
Honourable Mohammed Bashir Bape, and collected N30 million as ransom.
According to him, “The suspects were apprehended at their various hideouts in Taraba and Plateau States following an intense search by the Police team for the perpetrators of the crime and follow-up on recent spike in Kidnapping/armed robbery in Taraba and the North-Central States of the Country.
“They are Yusuf Abubakar, 31yrs native of Jalingo LGA Taraba state, Muntari Umar, 27yrs Native of Mayo Belwa LGA Adamawa State, Ahmadu Dahiru, 28yrs, native of Lau LGA, Taraba State, Ali Alhaji Wurungo, 25yrs native of Lau LGA Taraba State, Buhari Nuhu, 25yrs, native of Jalingo LGA, Mohd GARBA, 30yrs, native of Mararaban Gasol, Taraba State, Yusuf Jibrillah 23yrs, native of Mararaban Gasol Taraba State, Adamu Ahmadu aka Bulala 32yrs, native of Taraba State and one Idi Suleiman.
Investigations by the Police team revealed that the suspects are members of a notorious armed robbery/kidnapping syndicate that specializes in terrorizing innocent citizens in the North-Central/North East States particularly in Plateau and Taraba States. Police investigations have uncovered the roles played by each member of the gang during the kidnap of the Honourable Member. Investigations also established how the proceeds of the crime (ransom) were shared among the suspects.
The Police operatives also arrested a 12-man cybercrime syndicate for internet fraud and other cyber-related offences. The suspects, with their ages within the range of twenty-two (22) and thirty (30), were arrested at a residence in Kubwa area of the Federal capital Territory (FCT), Abuja following intelligence received by the Police.
“Similarly, the Police team busted a 2-man gang of a 61-year-old physically challenged man, Musa Usman from Kebbi State who resides in Anambra State and one Ahmed Shuaibu, 27years, native of Nasarawa State for complicity in the distribution and sale of illicit/dangerous drugs to bandits in their camps at Babuga, Nasarawa State. The physically challenged man has been taking advantage of his physical state to evade police attention until his eventual arrest. Thirty-five wraps of substance suspected to be Cocaine, were recovered from the suspects.
The Inspector General of Police, while noting that the Operation Puff Adder II is already yielding positive results barely ten (10) days after it was flagged-off, has assured that the Force will not relent in its commitment at re-dominating and reclaiming the public space from criminals that are hell bent on threatening the internal security order of the country and bringing such suspects to justice.
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