Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, Police Command Abuja said it arrested 40 suspected armed robbers during the last Sallah break.
The police said they recovered 18 firearms, 137 ammunition and 10 vehicles from the suspects.
Briefing newsmen at the command headquarters on Wednesday, the FCT Commissioner of Police, Mr. Wilson Inalegwu said the renewed commitment of the FCT Police Command to continue to review its crime prevention and fighting strategies to make Abuja safe for residents and visitors is yielding positive results.
He said, “The Command has in the past couple of weeks continued to record tremendous successes in the fight against criminals and their nefarious activities.
“In line with the policy trust of the present IGP Management Team, the FCT Police Command has strengthened security at its entry and exit points. This it has implemented through the strategic deployment of the Safer Highways Patrol teams, the regular Highway patrols, the ACCOS Patrol Teams and Divisional stop and search teams to take full charge of all the major routes linking FCT from contingent states such Kaduna, Niger, Kogi and Nasarawa.
Inalegwu said some of these successes could be attributed to intelligence led policing, visibility policing and robust crime prevention patrols being embarked upon throughout the Territory.
The Abuja police chief also revealed that, as part of the renewed campaign against one chance robbery suspects launched by the Command, three notorious one chance robbery syndicates operating at different parts of FCT have been cracked. They were intercepted and arrested in Life Camp, Dutse Alhaji and Kubwa axis respectively. The suspects have all confessed to the crime and will soon be arraigned in court.
“On 18/7/15 at about 3:30pm acting on tip off, Police patrol team attached to Asokoro Division swiftly raced to rescue a middle aged woman who was carrying a set of triplets and begging for alms at AYA roundabout. However after a close observation by the Police operatives, it was noticed that the children were not of the same age and identity.
“Further interrogation led to the arrest of one Elizabeth Chukwu ‘f’ who is the mother of one of the children and resides at Nyanya. A search conducted on a sack bag carried by the culprit revealed the sum of N88, 150.00 (eighty eight thousand one hundred and fifty naira only) which they have succeeded in falsely getting from unsuspecting members of the public.
“Similarly, one Sunday Jato ‘m’ and Chinenye Akpa ‘f’ were arrested at Powerhouse begging for alms with bandage soaked in GB covering a part of his eye under the pretext that he sustained injury from fire burns and needs money to undergo medical treatment.

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