- The police command in Jos have arrested a gang of car robbers
- The command also nabbed a female armourer, Fatima Garba
- The leaders of the thieves, Bashir Ishaku, is a graduate of a federal polytechnic
The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) have arrested a car-stealing syndicate and a 28-year-old female armourer, Fatima Garba, in Jos, the capital of Plateau state.
The criminals led by one Bashir Isiaku (34 years of age) on different occasions were nabbed by the Nigeria Police Special Tactical Squad (STS).
According to the STS, Ishaku, a graduate of one of the federal polytechnics, was notorious for leading his gang to steal cars at the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) with master keys.
Among the vehicles recovered from the thieves are two Opel Vectra, 1 Toyota Camry, one Honda CRV, two Toyota Carinae, 7 Golf-3, one Toyota Corolla, six Honda Civic and one Toyota Avensis.
Fatima's gang were known to have attacked persons in Sokoto, Kebbi, Kaduna and Niger states. Security officials recovered the following from the gang: five AK47 rifles one G3 rifle, one Berretta pistol, 1476 rounds of ammunition, 36 rounds of G3 ammunition, six AK47 magazines, one operational vehicle, eight mobile phones and a box containing operational tools.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the police on Wednesday, March 11, said they had arrested 108 suspects over kidnapping, drug peddling, unlawful possession of firearms, illicit trade on weapons, possession of prohibited drug and distribution of same.
The Force spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, disclosed this at a news conference in Abuja. He said that 1,520 live ammunition were recovered, adding that investigations had clearly linked the suspects to the various crimes alleged to have been committed.
Mba said that a total of 30 assorted riffles, including AK47, GPMG riffles and 10 locally fabricated pistols were also recovered from the suspects.
He said: “We also have an intriguing case of a suspect, who is a citizen of Niger Republic that specialises in altering the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number of telephones."
Mba said a group of five suspects who specialised in supplying illicit pills to bandits, kidnappers and other criminals to commit heinous crimes in the country were also arrested.
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