Lafia – The Nasarawa State Police Command, said it had arrested members of a six-member ‘one chance’ syndicate, that uses commercial vehicles to rob passengers around the Mararaba-Keffi axis of the state.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr Lawal Shehu, told newsmen on Monday in Lafia that the suspects, including a nursing mother, were arrested on April 3, following a report by a victim, one Ibrahim Yelwa.
Shehu said the victim had boarded a Golf III car with registration number BR 170 RSH from Area One junction in the FCT en-route Keffi with five occupants on board.
According to him, as they continued the journey, one of the passengers, whom he later discovered to be a member of the gang, started complaining that the space in the vehicle was too tight.
He said they attempted to force the victim out when he discovered that his N15,000 had been stolen.
Shehu said the victim promptly raised alarm, which attracted the attention of the military personnel at the check point in Keffi, who intercepted, arrested and handed the suspects over to the police.
He said further investigation led to the arrest of the kingpin, the owners of the vehicle, to whom return was made daily.
According to the CP, police also discovered that the driver of the vehicle “is the younger brother of the kingpin, while the nursing mother was used as a decoy to deceive suspecting passengers.”
He said items recovered from the suspects include; N35, 000 cash, five wallets, four wrist watches and nine cell phones.
Shehu said the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigation was concluded. (NAN)