Operatives of the Nigerian Police Force have arrested and paraded thirty nine suspects(39) suspects for their involvement in series of violent crimes ranging from arm robbery, kidnapping, cyber crime, arms trafficking and murder in some parts of the country.
In a statement by Force Public relations officer, CP Frank Mba, the exhibits recovered from the suspects include 2 RPG rocket launchers, 13 AK-47 rifles , 4 locally made pistols, 58 raps of dynamite, 14 AK-47 magazines, 769 AK-47 live ammunitions, 30 live cartridges, 157 Sim cards, mobile phones amongst many other incriminating items.
CP Frank Mba stated further that notable amongst the cases is the arrest of a 4-man notorious trans-border arms smuggling syndicate in Cross River State. The principal suspect, Ntui Lambert ‘m’ 36-year-old native of Ikom, Cross River state born to a Nigerian father and a Cameroonian Mother, was arrested in possession of different calibre of sophisticated weapons, 58 wraps of explosive materials suspected to be dynamite and ammunition through an intelligence-led operation by Police operatives. Further investigations by the Police team revealed that the suspect engages in trans-border arms smuggling with his three (3) other gang members who are members of a secessionist group in Cameroun.
Similarly, is the arrest of one Yahaya Zakari who goes by the sobriquet, Excellency, ‘m’ 46 years old in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Yahaya is a member of a cybercrime syndicate that specializes in stealing 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 ‘m’ 22 years old, Umar Abubakar ‘m’ 42 years old and Abubakar Mohammed ‘m’ 41 years old. A total of One hundred and fifty-seven (157) SIM cards were recovered from the gang by the Police team.
Equally, two (2) Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) launchers were also recovered from one 78yrs old 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 in breaking the supply chain and arresting other suspects.
The Inspector General of Police through CP Frank Mba has reassured Nigerians of his commitment and efforts to curb insecurity and has urged the public to always cooperate with security operatives to give information when neccesary.
He ended by assuring that all the suspects will be charged to court on completion of investigations and dealt with accordingly within the armbit of the law.