FCT po­lice nab sus­pected arms deal­ers

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Ogechi Ohalee

Men of the FCT Po­lice Com­mand on Sun­day ar­rested three sus­pected arms deal­ers, who were al­leged to have im­ported arms cache from Niger Repub­lic.

Ac­cord­ing to a po­lice source, on Sun­day at about 1530 hours, while po­lice­men were on pa­trol/ stop and search, they in­ter­cepted a Peu­geot 406 ash coloured car by a bridge along Zuba road.

The source said upon search, two rif­fles were found with them: an AK 47 rif­fle and AK 49 rif­fle, with 56 rounds of live am­mu­ni­tion and three mag­a­zines. “Im­me­di­ately, they were moved to Zuba Di­vi­sion. The three sus­pects, dur­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tion, con­fessed to be­long­ing to a gang which spe­cialised in seiz­ing trucks loaded with rice, su­gar, flour or ce­ment.’’

Ac­cord­ing to the source, the sus­pects al­ways hang out at rest place of truck driv­ers with their arms and dis­pos­sessed the driv­ers of their car keys, tak­ing the con­duc­tors hostage be­fore mov­ing the trucks.

The source added that af­ter steal­ing the trucks, they will sell the con­tents and the trucks and shared the pro­ceeds.

When con­tacted, FCT Po­lice Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, Deputy Su­per­in­ten­dent Hyel­hira Al­tine Daniel, con­firmed the in­ci­dent.

She said the sus­pects op­er­ated along Makwa-Jeba road as well as Makira road re­spec­tively.

She also said: “The arms, ac­cord­ing to them, were brought from Niger Repub­lic by a friend of theirs, who sells it to them. Other items re­cov­ered from them in­cluded nine phones of dif­fer­ent makes and the sum of N57,000 cash.”

The po­lice spokesper­son said the three men were friends from Kebbi State and that they formed the gang which robbed truck own­ers and even kid­nap their con­duc­tors.

She ad­vised truck own­ers and driv­ers to be vig­i­lant when they

PHOTO:

The Gomo of Kuje, Al­haji Jib­rin Tanko, lay­ing foun­da­tion for a new mar­ket be­ing built through the Pub­lic Pri­vate Part­ner­ship in Kuje yes­ter­day.

ABUBAKAR SADIQ ISAH

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