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9 Mar 2018

Police arrest 48 robbers, kidnappers in Niger

No fewer than 48 suspected cattle rustlers, kidnappers and armed robbers have been apprehended by the police in Niger State.

It was learnt that the arrests were made from Nasarawa, Kaduna, Zamfara, Niger states as well as from the Federal Capital Territory Abuja, by the Operation Absolute Sanity Squad, deployed in the state to check the escalating cases of criminal activities.

The Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Jimoh Moshood, who paraded the suspects before journalists on Wednesday evening, said the robbery gangs were led by two men, Ali Bala and Aliyu Musa.

Moshood said 34 vehicles snatched by the suspects were recovered in addition to some weapons.

According to the police spokesman, five AK-47 rifles and AK-49, believed to be popularly used by the Nigerian Army, three pump-action rifles, three submachine guns as well as two double-barreled guns were also recovered from the suspects.

Also recovered were 822 rounds of live ammunition ad four live cartridges.

Moshood said, “Four plasma television sets and N490m worth of fake American dollars were also recovered from the possession of the suspects. All the suspects have confessed to committing the offences and they will be charged to court soon. The public should remember that the date for the submission of prohibited firearms will elapse on the 14th of this month, after which the police will enforce the prohibition order.”

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