The Police Command in Niger has arrested 12 suspects for alleged armed robbery, kidnapping, unlawful possession of firearm and receiving stolen property in different part of the state.
The command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Wasiu Abiodun, disclosed this in a statement issued in Minna on Wednesday.
He said that on Nov. 26 at about 3 pm., the operatives attached to Ibbi divisional police station arrested two of the suspects, who are both of Anguwan Danyaki village in Danko Wasagu council area, while trying to board a commercial vehicle in Ibbi.
Abiodun said that during the search, nine single barrel guns, one locally-made pistol, 125 cartridges and four Techno handsets were recovered from them.
He further stated that upon interrogation, the suspects confessed to have bought the guns from a man who hails from Babana village, via New-Bussa in Borgu council area of the state.
The police spokesman said that efforts were ongoing to arrest the man, adding that the suspects would be arraigned in court as soon as investigations were concluded.
Similarly, he said that on Dec. 26, at about 8 pm., the police operatives attached to the SCID, Minna intercepted and arrested another suspect at Lambata junction in Gurara Local Government area.
Abioudun explained that the suspect pulled out a barreta pistol and fired a shot in the air, in an attempt to escape and evade arrest, adding, however, that he was eventually disarmed by the police.
He said the barreta pistol, with nine live ammunitions, was recovered from the suspect.
The police spokesman said that the suspect had been on wanted list since Nov. 23 when he escaped from a robbery incident at Maitumbi after robbing a motorcyclist, while the accomplice was arrested and the motorcycle recovered.
He said that during interrogation, the suspect confessed that he got the pistol from a man and that he had been using to rob in Suleja-Minna axis.
Abiodun said that the case was under investigation.
Also, he said that the intelligence operatives attached to the command arrested a three-man syndicate on Nov. 27 at Bosso area.
The PPRO said that the syndicate specialised in robbing mobile phones, motorcycles and other valuables from residents of Minna.
“During interrogation, the suspects confessed to the crime, which led to the arrest of three suspected receivers at Maikunkele area of Minna.
“Exhibits recovered from the suspects included eight assorted mobile phones, two knives, one 40-inch LG television, one faze cap, one wrist watch, charms and some scrap items.
“Investigation further revealed that some of the suspects were recently released from remand home,” he said.
Abiodun further stated that case was under investigation and that the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations were concluded.
Besides, he said that a man, who was kidnapped by armed bandits at Babugi village, via Mashegu, was rescued by the police.
Abiodun said that the police got the information on Nov. 27 that the man had been kidnapped.