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FCT police arrest six suspects, recover 76 stolen laptops

By Odita Sunday, Abuja
14 August 2022   |   3:48 am
The menace of theft of items in parked cars and public spaces around the Central Area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) may have been checked finally as Operatives of the FCT Police...

[FILES] FCT. Photo: FI

Intelligence Team Nabs Killers Of Retired DPO, Lawmaker In Bauchi

The menace of theft of items in parked cars and public spaces around the Central Area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) may have been checked finally as Operatives of the FCT Police Command attached to the Central Police Station (CPS), in a painstaking investigation following public outcry, have arrested six suspects and recovered one Tablet and 75 laptops of various brands and grades.

 
FCT police spokesman, Josephine Adeh, who made the disclosure, noted that the ongoing operation, which has lasted five days, is targeted at identifying distinctive styles of the perpetrators of the dastardly acts, and arrest of notorious thieves, receivers of stolen properties, and the recovery of same.
  
According to her, “So far, the male trio of Akintunde Balogun, a 48-year-old resident of Gwagwalada, Mohammed Usuf, a 27-year-old resident of Kaduna road, and Shetima Abubakar, a 27-year-old male resident of Yangoji area of the FCT were arrested for theft. On another hand, Kabir Usman, a 37-year-Old male resident of new Yanyan, Nasarawa State, Linus Imo, a 35-year-old resident of Airport road, and Praise Chinonso, a 40-year-old male resident of Bwari area of the FCT were arrested for receiving the stolen properties.

“Following the above, the suspects, in a voluntary statement confessed their involvement in the criminal venture. They will be charged to court upon the conclusion of the investigation.

 
“In the light of the above, the Command wishes to urge the general public who have at a time or the other recorded a missing Laptop or Tablet in the Central Area and the Territory as a whole, to approach the Central Police Station at the Federal Secretariat Central Area, Abuja, with Tangible proof of ownership to be reunited with their recovered personal effects.

“The CP while urging members of the public to be conscious of their environment, especially in public spaces reaffirmed the Command’s commitment to riding the Territory of unscrupulous elements. He also charged members of the public to always report stolen or lost items to enable the Police to keep track of criminal trends for appropriate counteractions.”
 
Meanwhile, four kidnap-for-ransom kingpins arrested at Bauchi State by the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) for criminal conspiracy, armed robbery and kidnappings by the Intelligence have confessed to the killing of a retired Divisional Police Officer (DPO), CSP Garkuwa and a serving lawmaker Hon. Musa Mante of the state House of Assembly.

 
While the suspects said that they killed the police officer after his retirement for making life tough and miserable for them by constantly searching for them, they also said they killed the late lawmaker and kidnapped his wives and children for failing to assist them with funds after making several requests for it.
 
The syndicate’s key suspect is Hamishu Galadima, 48, alias Kan Wuka and Abdulwahab Alhassan, alias Emeka, and Abdulwahab Ahmed, alias Dan mama and Hamidu Saleh are kidnappers arrested by the IRT operatives after intelligence reports on the kidnappings, armed robbery and criminal conspiracy were lodged against them by the indigenes of Dass local council of Bauchi State.

According to a police spokesman, CSP Muyiwa Adejobi, after a well-coordinated operation by the DCP Tunji Disu-led Intelligence Police team, the officers apprehended the suspects and they confessed their individual involvement and roles in all the kidnappings and armed robbery operations in Plateau, Bauchi and Kaduna villages and market roads on Mondays.