By: Josie Mudasiru
The Federal Capital Territory Police Command says it has arrested a Wanted Informant to a kidnapping and Banditry group, who has been terrorizing the FCT and Environs.
The Suspect, Mohammed Hamza, (alias Auta), aged 25 was arrested at the Mongoro Forest.
According to a Statement signed by the FCT Police Command Public Relations Officer, SP Josephine Adeh, the Suspect who had been on the wanted list of the Police is also being held for his involvement in supplying firearms, ammunition and other weapons, food items and illicit drugs to criminals in their various hideouts using a Motorcycle.
Exhibits recovered from the Suspect include one AK 47 Rifle, AK47 ammunition, One Mobile Phone, Foodstuffs and an unregistered Boxer Motorcycle.
“Investigations are being intensified to identify and cutoff the criminal supply chain and arrest other members of the gang”, the spokesperson added.
The Statement also said the Command has also arrested 12 Criminal Suspects for various crimes, including illegal possession of Firearms illegal fabrication and production of small arms and light weapons, armed robbery, amongst other crimes.
The suspects; Daniel Williams “M,” 51 yrs, Mohammed Yusuf “M,” 41 yrs, Abdulrasheed Abdullahi “M,” 26 yrs and Aminu Mohammed “M,” 41 yrs were intercepted and arrested in Zuba area of the Territory by operatives of the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB).
Four (4) locally made firearms and one (1) live cartridge were recovered from the suspects.
Preliminary investigations by the Police revealed that the gang is involved in fabricating and producing small and light weapons locally.
Also the operatives of Utako Divisional Police Headquarters on 07/06/2023 at about 1900hrs following a tip-off actionable intelligence arrested eight(8) suspected armed robbers at one Amala Garden in Utako.
Following the arrest, three firearms of different caliber, knives and hard drugs were recovered from them.
The suspects are: Sani Ibrahim ‘M’ 41 yrs old from Gere LGA of Borno State, Yusuf Ilyasu AKA Tablet, an ex-convict ‘M’ 25 yrs old from Plateau State, Awala Lawal an escapee from Kuje prison ‘M’ 22 yrs old of Kano state, Hassan Daudo ‘M’ 34 yrs old from Borno State, Abbass Gidado ‘M’ 18 yrs old from Katsina state, Shamsu Haibu ‘M’ 35 yrs old from Kano, Sani Suleiman ‘M’ 37 yrs old from Kano state and one Shehu Jimoh and ex-convict ‘M’ 26 yrs old from Kogi State.
While investigation is ongoing on all cases, the Commissioner of Police, FCT Police Command, CP Haruna Garba has reiterated his resolve to crush crime and criminality in all its manifestation within the FCT, as he warns all criminal elements to steer clear of the FCT and its environs, the statement emphasized.