Tackling Insecurity: How Police arrested 84 notorious criminal suspects in special operations (Photos)

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By Chibuike Nwabuko

(Sundiata Post) -The operatives of the Nigeria Police Force, have arrested a total of eighty-four (84) notorious criminal suspects within the past one month in it’s ongoing implementation of a robust security action plan protect citizens and critical national infrastructure across the country.

This is also as a total of forty-five (45) sophisticated firearms and ammunition including 1-GPMG, 1-LAR rifle, 17-AK47 rifles, 2-Pump Action rifles, 20- locally fabricated firearms, 3-single barrel guns, 9899- live ammunition of different calibres, 80-fake vehicle number plates, 1- Toyota Camry Reg. No. AA 792 HJA and 1-Toyota Corolla LE Reg. No. QAP 622 AA, were recovered from the suspects in the operations.  

This was contained in a statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, CP Frank Mba made available Sundiata Post.

The statement reads in full:

Following the ongoing implementation of a robust security action plan to protect citizens and critical national infrastructure across the country, operatives of the Nigeria Police Force, have arrested a total of eighty-four (84) notorious criminal suspects within the past one month.

The suspects were arrested for involvement in series of violent crimes including terrorism, banditry, kidnap for ransom, possession and proliferation of illegal weapons, , unlawful of vehicle number plates etc. While many of the suspects were arrested in follow-up of violent crimes under investigations, many others were arrested after being subdued following gun duel the police took the battle to the doorsteps of the criminals.

Notably amongst the is the arrest of four (4) members of a notorious criminal gang responsible for carrying out some of the -profile kidnap for ransom operations in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), , Niger, , , and Plateau States. The suspects are Umar Abdullahi ‘m’ 40yrs of kali Kura village, Giwa LGA, State, Yusuf Tanimu ‘m’ 23yrs of Kurena, Zaria, State, Mamuda Suleiman ‘m’ 40yrs of Barkin ladi, Plateau State and Abubakar Yaro ‘m’ 38yrs from Wase village, Plateau State. Investigations revealed the gang are linked to series of kidnap for ransom crimes including the kidnapping of some senior staff of the Ahmadu Bello , Zaria, family members of notable political appointees and business entrepreneurs in State and other contiguous State. Investigations revealed the suspects were at an advanced stage of operationalizing plans to kidnap a Catholic Bishop in Zaria, when they were apprehended. Investigations further revealed the gang, in addition to kidnapping enterprise, also arms and ammunition to Bandits at Birnin Gwarri, kaduna State, Niger, and Zamfara States.  One (1) General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), (2) AK47 rifles, six thousand, five hundred and nine (6,509) live ammunition were recovered from the syndicate during the operation.

Similarly, the Police arrested a 7-man criminal syndicate specializes in the manufacturing and supplies of locally fabricated AK-47 rifles and ammunition to bandits in forests along the Kaduna- expressway and funtua – kankara expressway in Katisina State. The suspects are; Dung Michael ‘m’ 26yrs, Dung James ‘m’ 29yrs, Bulus Iliya ‘m’ 25yrs, Markus Danladi ‘m’ 25yrs, Danjuma Dachu ‘m’ 25yrs all from Jos South and Samaila Abdullahi ‘m’ 45yrs from Toro in State, Maek Danladi ‘m’ 30yrs from Chukum, Kaduna State. In a similar vein, one Abubakar Mohammed a.k.a Mallam Buzu from Mali is a transnational gun-runner was arrested by the Police in Tsamiya, a border town between Benin Republic and Nigeria. He was arrested a GPMG ammunition chain drive holding capacity of 1,600 rounds of ammunition.

In addition, three (3) suspects responsible for of fake vehicle number plates including replica of number plates of government, diplomatic and security agencies were arrested. Investigations revealed the suspects the number plates to criminal elements use same to beat security checks during their operations. A total of eighty (80) fake number plates were recovered from the gang.  

The Inspector General of Police, Ag. IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc (+), NPM, fdc, while affirming that the kinetic and non-kinetic approaches targeted at re-ordering security in the country are already yielding positive results, reassures citizens of the renewed commitment of the Force to the fight against crimes and criminality. He calls for sustained support for the Police and the security community as efforts are intensified to enhance public safety, peace and security.            

All the suspects will be charged to court completion of investigations.