Posted by News Express | 31 July 2018 | 2,127 times
The police in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have arrested 35 suspects in connection with kidnapping, cultism, armed robbery and cell phone theft in the territory.
The suspects are Henry Ikoro, 29: Joseph Raphael, 29: Friday Moses, 24: Israel Akpan, 31: Godwin Onah, 27: Ezugwu Valentine, 24: Osita Ajibo, 25: Gambo Nana, 18: John Yusuf, 18: Kelvin James, 18: among others.
The Commissioner of Police in the FCT, Mr Bala Ciroma, disclosed this while addressing newsmen on the arrest of the suspects on Monday in Abuja.
Ciroma said that items recovered from them included five vehicles, four firearms, one toy gun, three master keys, one cutlass, one knife, four cell phones and one camera.
The commissioner said that all the suspects would be charged to court on completion of investigation.
He called for the support of residents of the territory, adding that the call became pertinent because the task of crime fighting required the involvement of all.
Ciroma noted that the fight against crime was not the sole responsibility of the police and other security agencies, stressing that “residents must support the police with information if the desired result must be achieved.
“I wish to assure FCT residents that every piece of information shared with us will be treated with confidentiality.”
He said that as part of the renewed effort of the command in fighting crime, it had chosen to be proactive through aggressive information gathering and sustained raid on black spot.
“We are also making efforts to visit communities, interact with the residents and their leaders to understand their security challenges,” he said.
The commissioner said that the command would intensify the use of scientific approach that had been in operation in the command.
In a related development, the Police Command in Abia has arrested 43 suspects for various criminal offences including kidnapping, armed robbery, murder and defilement, within 40 days.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr Anthony Ogbizi, disclosed this on Monday while briefing journalists in Umuahia on the efforts of the command to rid the state of violent crimes.
Ogbizi said that the arrest was a result of efforts by the command to ensure a peaceful and crime-free society.
“Some of the suspects are notorious. They have been arrested before in connection with crimes and later released but here they are today for similar crimes,” he said.
He also attributed the arrest to the improved synergy between the police and the state vigilance group.
the commissioner urged the public, especially motorists, to be vigilant, saying that criminals had devised new tactics of stealing cars.
According to him, the criminals were trailing people with exotic vehicles to churches, big ceremonies and popular shopping malls in Umuahia and its environs.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some of the suspects included alleged members of a confraternity called Aro Confraternity, a syndicate that specialised in car theft and other crimes.
One of them also was a fish seller, 29-year-old Emmanuel Nwadike, who narrated how he defiled an eight-year-old Primary three pupil in Owerri-Aba on July 20.
Nwadike, a father of two, said that he committed the crime around 9 a.m, saying that he was moved by the devil to commit the act.
A 37-year-old Enyinnaya Okebugwu, who was arrested for allegedly killing 56-year-old Chairman of Umuoko-Umudala Ntigha in Isialangwa North Local Government Area, also confessed to the crime in an interview with newsmen.
Okebugwu said that he clubbed the man to death on a lonely bush path in the community to avenge the disconnection of his electricity line.
He said that the deceased, who was the chairman of the community’s electricity task force, disconnected his house for allegedly being in arrears of nine months, totaling N800.
The commissioner of police said that the 43 suspects “will be arraigned immediately”.
He said that during investigation, the suspects volunteered useful information that helped the police to arrest their fleeing accomplices.
“We could not immediately arraign them. We kept them in custody because we needed to get useful information from them to be able to arrest their accomplices,” Ogbizi said. (NAN)
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