Four FCT task force im­pos­tors nabbed in Kubwa

Daily Trust - - DIGEST - By Taiwo Adeniyi

The po­lice in Kubwa have ar­rested four per­sons who pre­sented them­selves to the pub­lic as mem­bers of the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory Joint Task Force (FCT JTF).

The sus­pects were ar­rested in sep­a­rate in­ci­dences within the Abuja sub­urb.

A po­lice source said the sus­pects usu­ally im­pounded mo­tor­cy­cles from un­sus­pect­ing com­mer­cial mo­tor­cy­clists that ply the ex­press­way.

The FCT JTF was con­sti­tuted by the FCT Min­is­ter, Muham­mad Musa Bello, to check such nui­sances in the ter­ri­tory.

The source said the sus­pects, after im­pound­ing the mo­tor­cy­cles, usu­ally dis­posed them very cheaply.

He said on Satur­day, five peo­ple in a Toy­ota ve­hi­cle ac­costed a mo­tor­cy­clist in the guise of be­ing mem­bers of the FCT Joint Task Force.

The source said one of them force­fully col­lected the mo­tor­cy­cle and was rid­ing away with it when the owner alerted po­lice of­fi­cers pa­trolling the area.

He said the po­lice of­fi­cers pur­sued the sus­pects who later aban­doned the ve­hi­cle and fled, hand­sets and iden­tity cards were re­cov­ered from the ve­hi­cle.

The DPO of Kubwa Po­lice Sta­tion, CSP Nu­rudeen Sabo, told City News that the sus­pects have been op­er­at­ing in the area for long and the po­lice have been on their trail since they got wind of their op­er­a­tions.

He said the items re­cov­ered from the sus­pects were taken to the FCT JTF where the ID cards were con­firmed to be fake.

“It was through the hand­set that we ar­rested three peo­ple, while ef­forts are on to ar­rest the other two mem­bers of the group,” he stated.

The DPO said the sus­pects con­fessed that they were not mem­bers of the task force but only seized mo­tor­cy­cles which they later sold and that they had al­ready sold those they snatched on Satur­day.

He said mem­bers of an­other group of FCT JTF im­per­son­ators were ar­rested around the Fed­eral Hous­ing Es­tate, Kubwa on Tues­day.

He said a mem­ber of the group was ar­rested while three oth­ers es­caped through the bush, adding that all the sus­pects would be charged to court while ef­fort was on to ar­rest the re­main­ing cul­prits.

“The pub­lic should be aware of the ac­tiv­i­ties of the im­per­son­ators who claim to be mem­bers of the task force. They nor­mally op­er­ate in Kubwa and go back to town,” the DPO said.

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