FCT Police Arrest Wanted Informant and Banditry Supplier, Uncover Cache of Weapons and Apprehend Multiple Suspects
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command has made significant strides in combating crime with the recent arrest of a notorious informant and logistics supplier to a kidnapping and banditry group wreaking havoc in the FCT and its surroundings. The suspect, Mohammed Hamza, alias Auta, 25, who had long eluded authorities, was apprehended by the anti-Kidnapping unit in the Mongoro Forest. This operation led to the recovery of an AK47 rifle, ammunition, a mobile phone, food supplies, and an unregistered motorcycle. In a separate series of actions, eleven other suspects were arrested for crimes such as illegal possession of firearms, armed robbery, and illicit small arms production. The FCT Police Command remains dedicated to eradicating criminal activities in the region and urges the public to report any suspicious activities promptly.
According to Josephine Adeh, the Police Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Hamza, commonly known as Auta, had been a person of interest for the FCT Police Command due to his involvement in facilitating the activities of kidnapping and banditry groups in the region. The suspect, who had been evading capture for an extended period, was finally apprehended by the dedicated anti-Kidnapping unit during an operation conducted in the Mongoro Forest.
Authorities seized a significant cache of items from the suspect at the time of his arrest, including an AK47 rifle, ammunition for the said rifle, a mobile phone believed to contain crucial evidence, foodstuffs likely intended for the criminals, and an unregistered boxer motorcycle that he allegedly used for transportation.
The arrest of Mohammed Hamza is expected to yield valuable information about the supply chain and operational networks of the criminal organization. Intensified investigations will be conducted to identify and apprehend other members of the gang, as well as disrupt their illicit activities.
In another commendable operation, the FCT Police Command, through its State Intelligence Bureau (SIB), successfully intercepted and arrested eleven suspects involved in various criminal activities. Among the apprehended individuals were Daniel Williams, aged 51, Mohammed Yusuf, aged 41, Abdulrasheed Abdullahi, aged 26, and Aminu Mohammed, aged 41. The arrests took place in the Zuba area of the FCT.
During the arrests, law enforcement recovered four locally made firearms and one live cartridge. Preliminary investigations conducted by the police revealed that the gang was engaged in the fabrication and production of small arms and light weapons within the region.
Additionally, in an unrelated operation, the Utako Divisional Police Headquarters acted on actionable intelligence and arrested eight suspected armed robbers at Amala Garden in Utako. The timely intervention led to the recovery of three firearms of different calibers, knives, and illegal drugs from the suspects.
The arrested individuals in this case are Sani Ibrahim, 41, from Gere LGA of Borno State, Yusuf Ilyasu, also known as Tablet, a 25-year-old ex-convict from Plateau State, Awala Lawal, a 22-year-old escapee from Kuje prison from Kano State, Hassan Daudo, 34, from Borno State, Abbass Gidado, 18, from Katsina State, Shamsu Haibu, 35, from Kano, Sani Suleiman, 37, from Kano State, and Shehu Jimoh, a 26-year-old ex-convict from Kogi State.
Investigations into all the cases are ongoing, as the FCT Commissioner of Police, CP Haruna G. Garba, reaffirms the commitment to eradicate crime and maintain peace within the FCT and its environs. He warns criminals to steer clear of the region, emphasizing the importance of public cooperation in reporting any suspicious activities or emergencies through the provided emergency lines and the Public Complaint Bureau (PCB) desk.
The FCT Police Command urges the public to remain law-abiding and vigilant, working hand in hand with law enforcement agencies to ensure a safe and secure environment for all.