…Recovers arms, impounds 54 vehicles in two weeks

By Abiodun OBA

Operatives of Joint Task Force (JTF) Operation Safe FCT, have arrested eight suspects in connection with “one chance” robbery in various parts of the Federal Capital Territory.

The one chance robbers with knives, handcuffs and swords recovered from their vehicles, were among the 135 suspects arrested by the  during coordinated raids of criminal hideouts, uncompleted buildings and shanties in the territory.

The Commissioner of Police in the FCT, Mr Haruna Garba said this during a media briefing on Thursday in Abuja.

Garba said the JTF was inaugurated by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Mr Nyesom Wike to flush out criminal elements out of the territory.

Garba said the JTF was made up of personnel of the Nigeria Police, the Military, Civil Defence, and the FCT Directorate of Road Traffic Services.

He said the JTF also, carried out clearance operations in the bushes and forest bordering the FCT.

Garba explained that the target of the JTF operation was to flush out armed hoodlums residing along the FCT border states of Niger, Nassarawa, Kogi and Kaduna states.

“In the course of the operation, the JTF arrested 135 suspects at various black spots in Kwali, Dutse Alhaji, Mpape, Karu, AYA, Nyaya, Karimo, Karshi, Kuje, Airport road, Berger Roundabout, Jabi, Orozo and Mararaba.

“Out of these numbers, 75 suspects were arraigned in court for various offences, while 65 were sentenced to pay fines ranging from N5000 to N7000.

“The remaining ten were sentenced to community service, while the 39 suspects being paraded are under investigation and will be charged to court upon conclusion of the investigation,” he said.

The CP said 54 vehicles were impounded in the course of the two-week operation, adding that a substantial number of the vehicles had no number plates while others were with tinted glasses.

According to him, some of the vehicles had only plate numbers in front while others had only plate numbers at the back.

He said the offending drivers and owners of the vehicles would be arraigned in court.

The CP said two locally fabricated guns, one locally made Berretta pistol, and one revolver double barrel gun with two live cartridges were recovered from some of the suspects.

He said three bags and a number of wraps of substances suspected to be Indian hemp, as well as illicit drugs were also recovered from the suspects.


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