Police in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja have arrested a 67-year-old man claiming to be a major general in the Nigerian Army as well as 33 suspected armed robbers.
FCT Commissioner of Police, Mr. Wilson Inalegwu, while parading the suspects before journalists yesterday at the Command headquarters, Garki-Abuja said the fake army general, one Manir Adamu, was arrested at a major government facility, where he went to dupe an unsuspecting person using the military influence.
The CP said investigation is ongoing to ascertain the fake general’s mission, but Mr. Adamu told Nigerian Pilot that he never faked his identity even though he is a retired army officer.
Adamu said he is a retired Lt. Colonel, who was dismissed during General Sani Abacha military junta for participating in the Gwadabe coup, but was reinstated by the Obasanjo administration.
Other suspects paraded included 6 cable vandals, 5 one chance/bag snatchers, 2 fraudsters, 15 armed robbers and 5 cattle rustlers.
CP Inalegwu said the arrest of the 34 suspects was done in the last two weeks and that the suspects will be charged to court after investigations have been concluded.
He attributed the successes to the proactive intelligence gathering complimented with strategic deployment of police personnel on foot, vehicular and static patrol.
“The robust partnership and timely information received from members of the public has also contributed in the successes being paraded today”, Inalegwu acknowledged.
The Abuja Police chief revealed that rising from a recent stakeholders meeting held with the state developers, the FCT Police command reiterated its commitment to provide adequate security around estates and other residential areas, calling on the developers to support the police effort by providing timely information on identified criminals, their hideouts and their nefarious activities, as well as take steps to erect perimeter fences around estates.
During the operations, the police recovered 2 stolen cars, 106 cattle, 18 rams, and different types of guns and weapons from the suspects.
He said, “Following complaints of attacks on commuters/ passenger of one chance robbers and bag snatching in isolated places, the Command has re-strategized and a lot has been achieved in this regard.
“Consequent on this, a notorious gang of one chance robbers who have been coming from Osun State to attack innocent individuals in the FCT has been busted and 5 members of the gang apprehended. The hoodlums usually hide in the booth of their vehicles to rob unsuspecting passengers of their vehicles.”
He said additionally, special operations are currently ongoing at some identified locations prone to bag snatching, and that 11 suspects who specialise in pick pockets were arrested in Nyanya and are on their way to court.
The CP dismissed allegations by some suspects that they are members of the vigilante group in Dutse Alhaji. “We have not arrested any vigilante here. We cannot go all out to arrest vigilante. What we arrested are hoodlums that are armed with weapons and some of them were arrested at the point of robbery. We have arrangement for vigilantes who normally write to us and we offer them ID cards and they work with our men and as far as I know, we have no vigilante member here as a suspect”.
According to the police chief, on October 21 about 2:30pm, acting on tip off and following a discreet operation by SARS operatives attached to FCT Police Command, the above named members of a notorious robbery syndicate who have been terrorising Dawaki and its environs were arrested at Dawaki while planning a major robbery operation.
“Following a raid carried out at the hide out of the syndicate, some quantity of liquid substance the suspects confessed to be mercury and being suspected to be used in the printing of fake currencies were found concealed in a small gallon and bottle at the gangs’ hideout. Thorough investigation into the activities of the gang for proper prosecution at the court has since commenced.
“On 11/10/15 SARS operatives acting on intelligence busted and arrested members of a three-man syndicate that specialise in stealing cars from where they are parked. Following their arrest, 9 cars stolen by the syndicate at different parts of FCT have been recovered at Calabar. On 27th/10/15 acting on tip off Police operatives attached to the Command carried out a raid at the hideout of a notorious gang of cattle rustlers who had raided and rustled cattle and rams from Paraqua village in Jaji, Kaduna State. The suspects were arrested at Chitima village. Following a discreet operation carried out at the hideout of the rustlers, six suspects were arrested
“On 2/10/15 about 02:00am Police Patrol Team attached to Central Police Station on duty apprehended the above named suspects along Kur Mohammed Street while vandalising armoured cables. The armoured cables and instruments used by the hoodlums were also recovered.”
The CP also assured that the command is collaborating with the military, the Department of State Service, DSS, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC and other agencies to ensure that the ‘ember’ months are safe for citizens across the country.

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