The FCT Police Command has arrested a 36-year-old woman Bunmi Samuel for emptying victims’ account with SIM Cards extracted from their stolen telephones.
The FCT Commissioner of Police, CP Haruna Garba, paraded the suspect, along with her boyfriend, who snatches the phones at the command headquarters on Thursday.
Police also paraded 12 other suspects and accused them of being responsible various crimes including kidnapping, armed robbery and burglary in the territory.
Garba said the suspects were arrested at different locations in the territory, along with assorted weapons, vehicles, laptops, phones, musical instruments among others.
According to him, Bunmi Samuel, a mother of two, operates in cohort with her boyfriend, who specialised in snatching GSM Phones from innocent commuters.
“After snatching phones, he removes the SIM cards and sells the phone then hands over the SIM cards to his girlfriend, Bunmi Samuel.
“The girlfriend on her part makes withdrawals of all monies from the accounts that are linked to the SIM cards.
“The police operatives have so far recovered 76 SIM cards, two Opay ATM cards and a golden wristwatch from the suspects,” he said.
He said that the police operatives in collaboration with the vigilante also arrested five suspects namely, Bernard Francis, Felix Benjamin, Peter Benjamin, Helen Sylvester, and Hamza Haruna over alleged involvement in kidnapping of a minor.
According to him, police also arrested 26-year-old Kennedy Esezobor of Tudun Wada village, Lugbe, FCT a notorious criminal and cultist with one fabricated single barrel gun and locally fabricated AK-47 rifle.
He said the operatives of the Anti-kidnapping unit of the Command acting on actionable intelligence stormed Kabin Mongoro Forest and arrested one Mohammed Hamza while on his way to bandits’ camp bordering Nasarawa State.
“The suspect confessed to being an informant, a drug and food supplier to one Dogo,” he said.
According to him, the command in a swift operation has between Aug.30 and Aug. 31, impounded six vehicles bearing both foreign and local plate numbers or with foreign number plates at the back and Nigeria number plate in front of the vehicle.
“The modus operandi of these drivers is that they use the vehicle to convey unsuspecting passengers and midway to their destination, they dispossessed them of their handsets and other valuables.
“The moment they carry out this criminal act and to avoid being traced or linked to the crime, they quickly remove the Nigeria Plate number,” he said.
He said that police also arrested 38 years old Mustapha Kyari, who specialised in vandalising manholes in the city.
He was subsequently arrested, and three manholes recovered from him. Kyari however, confessed to the crime and that of his accomplice by name Abba.
“The police operatives while on a routine stop and search duty at Secretariat junction, Gwagwalada, intercepted a motorcycle with a passenger later identified as one Japheth Nuhu ‘m’ of behind Brown Berry estate phase 3 Gwagwalada.
“The said Japheth jumped down and took to his heels on sighting the Police but was given a hot chase.
“He was subsequently arrested and a berretta pistol with four rounds of 9mm live ammunition was recovered from him,” he said.
According to him, it is being suspected that the suspect and his accomplice at large are behind the robbery activities in Gwagwalada and its environs.
The CP said that the operatives of Anti-violence crime section of the SCID also arrested one Musa Matins suspected to be an armed robber at Durumi Area.
“In the course of investigation, the suspect confessed to having been involved in snatching and stealing of cars in and around the FCT.
“So far, he has led the Police to the recovery of two Toyota Camry vehicles with registration number MAG-149 AR (Borno) and RBC-445 AS (Abuja).
“Effort is currently ongoing to trace the rightful owners of the recovered vehicles,” he said.
Garba said that a Toyota Camry 2018 model with reg no: KRD411HT (Lagos state) stolen from Port Harcourt on Sept. 3 was also recovered on Wednesday.