The FCT Police Command said it had arrested 12 suspected members of a notorious armed syndicate operating in the territory. The FCT Police Commissioner, Mr Wilson Inalegwu, made the disclosure while presenting the suspects to newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja. Inalegwu said that the suspects were arrested over time at various points by police operatives attached to the command.
He said that the suspects had been terrorising law abiding residents of the territory for over four years. Inalegwu said that the suspects specialised in robbing housing estates in Lubge and Nyanya areas of the FCT. “Their modus oparandi is that when they find their ways into the estate, they shoot sporadically into the air to scare residents of the estates,“he said.
He said that the suspects specialised in robbing residents of their valuables including cars and cash.
The commissioner said that they were responsible for the recent robbery operations that resulted to the killing of some Fulani herdsmen at Pyakasa, in Lugbe axis of FCT. He stressed that the gang was also responsible for the recent robbery at super cell estate, Apo where six houses were raided, two women killed and two other injured.
The commissioner said that items recovered from the suspects include; five AK 47, 11 fabricated revolver rifles and three pump action guns. Other items are; one fabricated barreta pistol with magazines, one fabricated AK 47 rifle with magazine; one fabricated SMG; two English pistols and nine magazines; 254 live cartridges; 58 AK 47 live ammunitions and 15 expended AK 47 ammunitions.
Inalegwu said that 12 exotic cars and 18 different number plates were also recovered from them. He assured that the police would arrest some of the members who are on the run. He said that investigation had been concluded and that the suspects would soon be charged to Court.
“We have concluded our investigation and they will soon be charged to Court,“he said. He said the police would collaborate with the Director of Prosecution in the FCT to ensure speedy trial of the case.