Four FCT task force impostors nabbed in Kubwa
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.