Po­lice nab sus­pected rob­bery king­pin at Abaji

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Ogechi Ohalee

Men of the FCT po­lice com­mand said they have ar­rested a sus­pected armed rob­bery king­pin with two toy guns while try­ing to snatch a Toy­ota Camry car at Abaji town.

A source at the com­mand said po­lice­men at­tached to Abaji di­vi­sion, while on pa­trol around the round­about axis of the town, came across three hood­lums try­ing to snatch the Camry car.

The source said the po­lice­men im­me­di­ately moved to­wards them and in the en­su­ing strug­gle, the hood­lums at­tempted to es­cape but a 28- year-old man, who claimed to be a king­pin, was nabbed.

“The king­pin of the group was ar­rested and two toy guns were found on him. Upon in­ter­ro­ga­tion, he con­fessed not only be­long­ing to the gang but also head­ing the group,” the source said.

The source also stated that the sus­pected armed rob­ber con­fessed dur­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tions that they have been op­er­at­ing within that axis for a long time.

Re­act­ing, FCT po­lice spokesper­son, Deputy Su­per­in­ten­dent Hyel­hira Al­tine Daniel, con­firmed the ar­rest, say­ing that the owner of the car was ac­costed by the armed rob­bers, who pointed a gun at him and asked him to sur­ren­der his ve­hi­cle or be shot.

The po­lice spokesper­son said the owner calmly came down from the car and handed the keys to them but as soon as he came down, he saw a po­lice van com­ing to­wards them.

“He raised an alarm and the po­lice stopped to ver­ify what was go­ing on, the armed rob­bers on see­ing the po­lice took off with­out any at­tempt to drive the ve­hi­cle, they all ran in­side the bush, but two armed rob­bers es­caped while a man, who con­fessed to have been the leader of the group was ar­rested with toy guns and some charms on him,” she said.

FCT Po­lice Pub­lic Re­la­tions of­fi­cer said the other two crim­i­nals ran in­side the bush with the car keys while ef­forts are on to ar­rest other mem­bers of the gang.

The Deputy Su­per­in­ten­dent ad­vised res­i­dents to have con­fi­dence in the po­lice and com­plain to the po­lice when­ever they feel threat­ened.

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