Insecurity: Police arrest 26 suspects over kidnapping, other criminal offence in FCT

Insecurity: Police arrest 26 suspects over kidnapping, other criminal offence in FCT


By our Reporter

Abuja, Sept. 10, 2021, The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command said it has arrested 26 suspects over kidnapping, car theft, drug peddling, cultism and other criminal offences in different parts of the territory.

Mr Babaji Sunday, Commissioner of Police (CP) in charge of FCT, said this at a media briefing in Abuja on Friday.

He said the arrest of the suspects was part of the outcome of the proactive crime-fighting measures of the command.

Sunday said four AK47 riffles, one locally fabricated pistol, 15 rifle magazines, 1,750 live ammunition, one Toyota car and 20 bags of dried leaves suspected to be India Hemp were recovered from the suspects.

He added that eight prefab metals, knives, machetes, sticks and other exhibits were also recovered from the suspects.

The CP said one of the suspects was arrested by operatives from Dawaki Police Division in possession of two AK47 riffles and 60 rounds of live ammunition.

He said the suspect was arrested when he was transporting the weapon to end users, adding that police investigation led to the arrest of two other suspects linked to the case.

Sunday said the three suspects were members of same syndicate, kidnapping their victims for ransom around Bwari and Kwali axis of the FCT.

He said during a clearance operation launched at the kidnappers camp in Bwari axis, police operatives from Bwari Division recovered two AK 47 rifles and 90 rounds of live ammunition.

He said the rifles and ammunition were abandoned by the suspects who escaped the camp on sighting the operatives.

The CP said a similar clearance operation of suspected kidnappers camp by the Command’s Anti-violence Crime section along Kwaita-Kwali axis led to the recovery of 1,600 live ammunition and 15 empty magazines.

Sunday said operatives from Mabushi Division, while on stop and search on Sept. 5 arrested two suspects over alleged cultism.

He said a locally made pistol was found in their possession, adding that one of the suspects had confessed to being a member of Vikens Confraternity during police investigation.(

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