Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command has smashed an armed robbery gang that specialises in invading their victims’ homes and robbing them of cash and other valuables at gunpoint.
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Anjuguri Manzah, said in a press statement, that the Command “in fulfilment of its constitutional mandate of protecting lives and property, the FCT Police Command on March 10, 2018, at about 0215hrs, following a distress call that some armed robbers were robbing some residents of Sauka Federal Housing, Lugbe Extension, of cash and other valuables, Police operatives from Lugbe Division immediately mobilised to the scene.”
It read in part: “But they were engaged in a fierce gun confrontation by the armed robbers who opened fire on sighting the team. The hoodlums were, however, repelled by the gallant policemen whose courage and superior gun power resulted in the death of two of the suspects, while others escaped the scene with bullet wounds.
“Having successfully foiled the robbers, the police operatives while combing the scene and the nearby bushes recovered the death bodies of two of the hoodlums, two locally made pistols, nine flat screen television sets, two Laptops, two cutlasses, one knife, one touch light, one phone, wrist watches, jewellery, shoes, etc.”
The spokesperson further said some victims have shown up at Lugbe Police Division to identify their property from the recovered items.
According to him, the Commissioner of Police in charge of the territory, CP Sadiq Abubakar Bello, who commended the gallantry displayed by the police operatives, assured FCT residents that the Command will remain resolute in its fight against crime in the Federal Capital Territory? He also enjoined hospitals workers and members of the public to alert the nearest police station once anybody is sighted with bullet wounds.
In another development, he said police operatives on ‘stop and search’ duty along Bannex junction on March 10, at about 0140hrs intercepted one Emeka Nwafor and Onwunali ThankGod with one locally made pistol and two live cartridges.
He said raid extended to their hideout in Mabushi led to the arrest of four additional suspects: Oke David, Jim Williams, Emmanuel Okoro and Uchenna Chukwuma, just as two live cartridges, dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp, eleven mobile phones, wallets and some charms were recovered from them.
Manzah said the suspects would be transferred to the Command Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (CIID) for discreet investigation.