The Police Command in Nasarawa State has arrested 23 suspected armed robbers and kidnappers only in Augus, TOPNAIJA.NG can confirm.
The Commissioner of Police, Yahaya Bellos disclosed this to newsmen in Lafia on Friday, adding that that the suspects were arrested following distress calls and information from members of the public.
Bellos stated that 17 of the suspects were arrested on August 2 for alleged armed robbery and kidnapping around Mararaba Udege in Nasarawa Local Government area of the state.
He said, ‘’four others were arrested on August 9, at Kadarko in Keana Local Government area by a combined team of F-SARS operatives, Counter Terrorism Unit and conventional policemen.
‘’Those arrested were believed to be among the gang terrorizing commuters along Lafia-Makurdi road.”
The CP confirmed that two policemen sustained severe injuries during one of the operations.
The commissioner disclosed that one Ali Mohammed was also arrested along Akwanga-Keffi on Aug. 29, with an Ak47 riffle, while allegedly on his way to Dogon Daji village in Kaduna State to avenge the killing of his brother.
‘’Another suspect, Timothy Jija was arrested on August 30 with an AK 47 riffle at the yam market in Kadarko village along Lafia-Makurdi road,” he said.
He listed the items recovered from the suspects to include: Four AK 47 riffles, one G3 riffle, two revolvers, 30 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, knives and charms.
Other items recovered are 26 mobile phones, two IPads, a laptop and wraps of dry leaves suspected to be ‘Indian Hemp’.