Police Nabs 8 Suspected armed robbery / Kidnapping gang

Police Nabs 8 Suspected armed robbery / Kidnapping gang

Men of the Nasarawa State Police Command have arrested eight suspected criminals for alleged armed robbery, kidnapping and illegal possession of firearms.

Parading the suspects at the command headquarters in Lafia on Tuesday, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Bola Longe, said the suspects were arrested in various locations in the state based on intelligence reports.

He told reporters that two of the suspects were arrested along the Toto-Abaji Road in the Toto Local Government Area of the state.

Exhibits recovered from the suspects included 312 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition, one Golf 3 car and a bag containing a laptop and an iPad.

He also said that on July 23, 2019, around 10.20pm, one Seidu Abdullahi, 20, alias Naji, was arrested in Mahanga village in the Awe Local Government Area of the state for alleged criminal conspiracy, armed robbery and kidnapping.

Items recovered from the suspect were two AK-49 rifles with breach Nos. 1978MC20192 and 1977PP13724.

The police boss explained that four suspected kidnappers were also arrested on July 25, 2019, in Awe for alleged kidnap of the village head of Hunki in the Awe Local Government Area of the state.

Eleven SIM cards belonging to different network providers were allegedly recovered from the suspects.

Longe said, “Officers of the command also apprehended a 40-year-old man, Mohammed Angulu, on July 27, 2019, in Umaisha for alleged criminal conspiracy, armed robbery and kidnapping.

“Our operational personnel in the Toto Local Government Area were on the road conducting stop and search operations when two suspects in a vehicle were flagged down; one of the suspects ran away and the other was arrested.

“Items retrieved from them were one single-barrelled gun and 29 rounds of live cartridges. The personnel also recovered 312 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition, one Golf 3 vehicle and a bag containing a laptop and iPad.”

He appealed to members of the public to continue to provide the police with useful information on suspicious individuals and movements in their communities in order to assist the command to rid the state of criminals.

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