How FCT Police Command Nabs Hardened Criminals
I wish to state that the FCT Police Command, under my supervision, has made concerted effort to fulfil its commitment to fight crime and provide FCT residents with quality police service delivery. As an institution that appreciates the critical nature of our constitutional mandate, this Command has not rested on its oars in ensuring that crime is nipped in the bud and blackspots identified as hibernating points for criminals are promptly dislodged. While the Command sustains its offensive onslaught on criminals, leading to the arrest of many, others who cannot withstand the heat have been forced to relocate out of FCT.
3. I still want to reiterate, like I did in the last press briefing held on 28th February, 2020, that there is no place for criminals or those nursing the nefarious thought of perpetuating crime in the Federal Capital Territory. I assure members of the public that the FCT Police Command will continue to review its policing strategy to meet up with the expectations of FCT residents.
4. It is therefore, cardinal to further place a clarion call across to community leaders, religious leaders, residents and all stakeholders that they must come on board and support the police in its renewed effort to fight crime and make FCT safe and secure for all.
5. While appreciating residents for their support, I want to entreat all not to relent in their effort to support the police with information. All communities in FCT must rise to the occasion and unanimously gang up against criminals by exposing their activities to the police. If we must enjoy a crime free society, members of the public must deliberately make their respective communities inaccessible to criminals by exposing them.
6. It is pertinent at this juncture to provide a scorecard of the Command’s laudable achievement in crime fighting from January, 2020 till date. The breakdown of major achievements of the Command within the period in focus is as follows:-
7. On behalf of officers and men of this Command, I wish to appreciate the Honourable Minister of FCT, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello for always being a strong pillar of support to this Command. He has being in the fore, providing the Command with the desired moral and logistic support we need to fight crime and protect lives and property in the Federal Capital Territory.
Similarly, I want to express the Command’s profound gratitude to our amiable Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Abubakar Adamu NPM mni whose leadership prowess has provided a result yielding road map that the Command has being using to police FCT. The IGP indeed is a strong pillar that we constantly lean on for professional guidance.
In conclusion, I want to appreciate my officers and men for making the Command proud. The achievements we are parading today is the result of your hard work and commitment to duty. I want to charge all police personnel in this Command to do more. The task of policing is evolving, we must therefore evolve with it. It is now time for us to do more.
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Thank you and God bless.
RECOVERY OF ARMS & AMMUNITIONS
On 7th March, 2020 eagle-eyed police operatives on stop and search duty along Abuja-Lokaja highway intercepted a cache of arms and ammunitions carefully stashed in a Volkswagen golf 3 car, Abuja coloured taxi, with registration number: XN 918 ABJ coming from Lokoja axis. Suspicious of the manner in which the car driver flagrantly refused to stop for police check, the police operatives trailed the car to a point where the suspect, sensing he may be arrested at the next police point, abandoned the car and fled through the bush. When a search was conducted in the car, the following exhibits were recovered: twelve (12) AK47 rifles, 19 Magazines, 210 live ammunitions, four (4) sets of military uniforms and caps, etc. The Command is intensifying effort to track down the suspect and his associates.
ARREST OF ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECTS/FABRICATOR OF LOCAL GUNS/RECOVERY OF EXHIBITS
Following a discreet investigation, operatives of the Command Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) arrested one John Ajav ‘m’ 35years a notorious local gun fabricator, who fabricates local pistols from his hideout in Kwande LGA of Benue but supplies them to criminals in other States. The suspect was arrested after one of his patrons, Obi Michael ‘m’ 35 years, was arrested by Police operatives on 10th February, 2020 at about 2205hrs at Sabon Lugbe in possession of a locally made pistol, which he claimed he was trying to deliver to his buyer. Consequent upon Obi’s s arrest, he made some startling revelations that led to the arrest of the gun manufacturer, John Ajav at his Benue factory site. The exhibits recovered are: three locally made pistols, three live ammunitions, two uncompleted pistols, four magazines, 2 drilling machines, carbide, twelve metal files, one hammer, screw drivers, saws, etc. Investigation is on-going.
ARREST OF KIDNAPPERS/ RECOVERY OF CAR
Following an ongoing investigation, operatives of the Command Criminal Investigation Department arrested two suspects who kidnapped their victim around FCT-Kogi boundary and held him hostage at Ankpa, Kogi State where the victim’s family was forced to pay one million naira (N1,000,000) as ransom for his release. The suspects, Omale Melvin ‘m’ 28 years and Umaru Yakubu ‘m’ 36 years were arrested at their hideout in Gwagwalada. The victim’s car which was repainted has also been recovered. Investigation is ongoing.
ARREST OF SUSPECT FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING
On 25th February, 2020 following an ongoing investigation, Police detectives from the Command Anti-Human Trafficking Unit arrested one Nkechi Udoh ‘f’ 53 years for the offence of human trafficking. The suspect, who is physically challenged, recruits her victims from remote communities through some agents, who have direct link with people from such settlements. She often promise her victims’ parents that she will provide the kids with scholarship scheme that will take care of their education from primary to university level. Most of her victims, whose age is between 4 to 11 years, were picked from Bwacha village in Lapai LGA of Niger state and were given for adoption by the suspect in Anambra, Kaduna and FCT. Nkechi Udoh has illegally given for adoption the forty-eight (48) children she took from Bwacha community, without the consent of their biological parents. The suspect was arrested alongside one Abraham Emmanuel ‘m’ 30 years old, an agent she uses in recruiting her victims. Also arrested is, one Felicia Idoko ‘f’ who is the secretary of Famous Kids Orphanage home, Tungan Maje Zuba owned by Nkechi Udoh. Preliminary findings revealed that, some of the victims have had their names changed by their supposed foster parents. The Command has recovered twenty-one children from the suspect. Most of the children have been reunited with their parents. Effort is being intensified to recover all the kids the suspect has illegally given out for adoption. She will be arraigned in court upon the conclusion of investigation.
ARREST OF SUSPECT FOR THE PRODUCTION OF FACT VEHICLE PARTICULARS
On 4th March, 2020 Police detectives from the Command Anti-Car Theft Unit smashed a-two man syndicate that specialise in the production of fake vehicle documents. The suspects, one Wasiu Adekola ‘m’ 35 years and Dada Olusegun ‘m’ 42 years were arrested at their office located at Wuse zone 4, where the fake vehicle particulars are produced. Preliminary findings reveal that the fake documents are issued to unsuspecting members of the public between the price of N9,000 to N10,000. Members of the public are advised to guard against patronising touts when trying register their cars. Some fake vehicle particulars and number plates have been recovered from the suspects as exhibits. They will be arraigned in court upon the conclusion of investigation.
FOILED KIDNAP/DEATH OF SUSPECT/
RECOVER AK47 RIFLE
On 11th March, 2020 at about 0045hrs Police operatives while responding to a distress call foiled a kidnap attempt by some suspected kidnappers who invaded a compound in Rubochi. The hoodlums were overpowered by the Police operatives who fought gallantly and left one of the hoodlums with serious injury. The injured suspect was confirmed dead when he was taken to hospital for treatment. One AK 47 rifle and two magazines were recovered from him. Investigation is on-going.
ARREST OF SUSPECT
Operatives of the CP Monitoring Unit following a discreet investigation have arrested one Javis Patrick ‘m’ 44years, who is notorious for drugging, raping and #
stealing valuables from his female victims. The suspect who was arrested at a garden in Wuse 2, takes up different personalities to lure his victims; he often poses as a medical doctor or lawyer. The suspect and other members of his gang use “dating or hook-up” sites on social media to entice their unsuspecting victims. So far, twelve (12) of his female victims have made statements on their nasty experience in the hands of the suspect. Efforts is being intensified to arrest other members of his gang who are currently on the run.
ARREST OF ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT/ RECOVERY OF FIREARM
On 7th March, 2020 at about 2200hrs eagle-eyed Police operatives on stop and search duty at Apo round about intercepted and arrested one Joseph Wada ‘m’ 29 years in possession of a locally made pistol that was concealed in a polythene bag. The suspect who was in company of his cohort now at large, posed as passengers in a taxi to allay any form of suspicion about their possession of the firearm. The vigilant police operatives however beat them at their game to arrest the suspect and recover the exhibit. Effort is being intensified to arrest the other suspect who is now at large.
On 22nd January, 2020 at about 0400hrs Police operatives while responding to a distress call in Galadimawa arrested one Abdulkarim Zubairu ‘m’ 22 years in possession of one locally made pistol at the robbery scene. Other members of his gang escaped on sighting the police team. Effort is being intensified to arrest other members of the gang who currently at large.
On 5th February, 2020 following an ongoing investigation operatives of the Command Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) arrested two suspects for armed robbery and car theft. The suspects, Friday Mark ‘m’ 36 years and Tobi Adegite ‘m’ 35 years, were arrested at their hideout in Mararaba Nasarawa state in possession of a Toyota Camry car which they robbed from their victim at gunpoint. Also arrested is one Abdulkareem Shittu ‘m’ 40 years, a major receiver of cars robbed by the suspects, from whose custody another Toyota Camry robbed by the gang was recovered. Three cars have been recovered from the suspects as exhibits. Efforts is intensified to a fleeing member of the gang and recovered the firearm used by the gang for its operation.
ARREST OF FRAUDSTER
On 8th February, 2020 following a complaint, police operatives from Gwagwa division arrested one Mary Adejoh ‘f’ 48 years old, who visits major markets and poses as a large scale buyer of goods to defraud her unsuspecting victims. The suspect was arrested at Deidei market after some of the marketers reported her suspicious activities to the police. While at the market, the suspect was placing order for goods running into millions of naira but had no money in her possession to pay for the goods. She confessed that her intention was to According to the suspects, if she had succeeded, the goods would have taken to another market where the goods will be sold and use the money for her personal use. The suspect will be arraigned in court upon the conclusion of investigation.
CP Bala Ciroma
FCT Commissioner of Police