21 deadly robbers, kidnappers busted, 36 AK-47 rifles, machine guns recovered


Some of the suspects and the guns recovered from them

Operatives of the Force Intelligence Bureau Intelligence Response Team (FIB-IRT) have arrested 21 deadly robbers, kidnappers and others in major operations across the nation.

Force Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi disclosed this on Friday while parading the suspects.

He said those arrested included suspects of violent crime such as culpable homicide, armed robbery, kidnapping, arms trafficking, possession of prohibited firearms, rape, among others.

Adejobi disclosed that the FIB-IRT also recovered a total of 52 firearms, including 1 Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) Launcher, 1 General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), 36 AK47 Rifles, 2 English shotguns, 5 locally-made shotguns, 5 locally-made automatic pistols, 4 pump action shotguns, two thousand and forty-five (2,045) rounds of live ammunition of different calibres, one DAF Truck loaded with 45,000 litres of premium motor spirit (PMS), 2 Motor Vehicles, 3 Mobile Phones, Two machetes, and five tear gas cannisters from the suspects during follow-up investigations.

He added that the gallant operatives of the FIB-IRT, acting on a tip off that a DAF Truck carrying 45,000 litres of premium motor spirit (PMS), had been hijacked at Saminaka Village, Niger State at gun point and the occupants abducted, equally mobilized and intercepted the hoodlums at Lambata Area of Niger State, where the truck was recovered and four suspects were arrested.

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“The operatives, with the aid of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers’ Association Suleja Depot, were able to recover the PMS which had been discharged by the suspects,” he said.

Adejobi said the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba commended the FIB-IRT operatives for the successes recorded.

He assured of the Force’s commitment to dutifully following up on established cases, conclusively investigating such with a bid to bring all persons found wanting to justice.

“All the suspects will be arraigned in court on completion of investigations,” he said.

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