Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force have arrested thirty-nine (39) suspects for their involvement in series of violent crimes, including armed robbery, kidnapping, murder, illegal arms movement and cybercrime in some parts of the country.
The arrest was made possible following unrelenting investigative and operational efforts to bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice and give succour to their victims.
A statement by Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank MBA and sighted by standard Gazette Crime correspondent Festus Alenkhe named the exhibits recovered from the suspects to include 2 RPG launchers, 13 AK47 rifles, four locally made pistols, 58 wraps of dynamite, 769 AK47 live ammunition, 14 AK47 magazines, 30 live cartridges, mobile phones, 157 SIM cards, amongst other incriminating items.
Some of the cases include arresting a 4-man notorious trans-border arms smuggling syndicate in Cross River State.
The principal suspect, Nui Lambert, a 36-year native of Ikom in Cross River state – whose father is a Nigerian and his mother a Cameroonian, was arrested with a different calibre of sophisticated weapons, which are 58 wraps of explosive materials suspected to be dynamite and ammunition.
Further investigations by the Police team revealed that the suspect engages in trans-border arms smuggling with other criminals from Cameroon.
The Force Headquarters Police Public Relations officer also announced the arrest of one Yahaya Zakari, popularly called "Excellency", 46 years old in the Federal in Abuja.
The suspect, Yahaya, is a member of a cybercrime syndicate specializing in stealing the mobile phones of innocent citizens and using their SIM cards to gain access to their bank accounts to carry out unauthorized financial transactions.
Other members of his gang are Shehu Aliyu, 22 years old; Umar Abubakar, 42 years old and Abubakar Mohammed, who is 41 years old.
A total of One hundred and fifty-seven (157) SIM cards were recovered from the gang by the Police team.
Also, two (2) Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) launchers were also recovered from one 78yrs old man identified as Okala Joseph in Makurdi, Benue State.
Investigations revealed that the suspect is a middleman between criminal suppliers of the weapon and the end-users.
He is currently assisting the Police with vital information that will further help arrest other suspects now at large.
The statement said the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba reassured citizens that the Force remains committed to ensuring that perpetrators of criminal acts are brought to justice.
He enjoined members of the public to be vigilant and promptly report any suspicious activity to the Police.
He, however, advised that citizens should exercise necessary caution in using their mobile phones, especially those with SIM cards linked to their bank accounts.
The Police said all the suspects would be charged to court after the completion of investigations.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.