The Police Command in Niger says it has arrested 13 suspects over alleged armed robbery, unlawful possession of firearms and dealing in marijuana in different parts of the state.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Wasiu Abiodun, said this on Saturday via a statement in Minna.
Abiodun said that the police on Oct. 16, at about 13: 00 hours, apprehended 11 suspected armed robbers who had been terrorising the Minna metropolis.
He said that the command recorded armed robbery attacks at Barkin Sale on Oct. 20, Bosso Estate on Oct. 18, Maitumbi on Oct. 24, Moris on Oct. 8 and Shango on Oct.9; all in Minna.
He said that the suspects robbed people of their valuables, while carting away six vehicles.
“We swung into action and arrested 11 suspects and they all confessed to be members of the syndicate that carried out these robberies.
“We also recovered one Barreta pistol, one Brownie pistol, one locally made pistol, five plasma television sets, one Peugeot 206 car with registration Number YAB 719LH, two live ammunition and four cartridges.
“Other items recovered from the suspects include one iron, one cutlass, one screw, some keys, one Iphone, one Gionee handset, 25 pieces of wrappers, one Butterfly sewing machine, one Samsung home theatre and N85,500 cash,” he said.
Abiodun said that efforts were underway to arrest the receivers of the stolen items and recover other vehicles that were stolen.
Besides, the PPRO said that on Oct .17, the Police Safe Highway patrol team, attached to the Kagara division, intercepted and arrested Suleiman Abdullahi, who was in possession of a locally fabricated rifle with 14 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition, along Tegina- Zungeru road.
“The suspect confessed to have bought the rifle at N70.000 through his late brother, Sani Abdullahi .
“Also, on oct.14, at about 17:00 hours, information was received that one man, Godwin Snu, was conveying 70 bags of Indian hemp from Abuja to Gwada.
“Police operatives attached to Gwada division swung into action and traced 50 bags of dried leaves, suspected to be Indian hemp, to a spot in a bush near Daza village in Munya Local Government Area.
“Martin Ikwor, a man from Enugu State, later surfaced and claimed the ownership of the 50 bags.
“Further investigations revealed that the remaining 20 bags were in possession of the said Godwin Snu,” he added.
Abiodun said that efforts to arrest Godwin and take custody of the remaining bags of Indian Hemp were ongoing.
“Similarly, on Oct. 9, at about 04:30 hours, credible information was received that an Indian hemp dealer was conveying some substances, believed to be Indian hemp, along Mokwa-Jebba road.
“Police operatives attached to the Mokwa division were mobilised to trail the suspect.
“In the process, police discovered 134 wraps of dried leaves, suspected to be Indian hemp, abandoned in the bush,” he said.
He said that efforts were underway to the arrest the suspect.