[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]35 suspects including a woman and 34 men have been arrested by the police for their alleged involvement in cases of armed robbery, kidnapping and other heinous crimes in some parts of the country.
Also arrested are five inmates who escaped from lawful custody from the Benin City Correctional Centre during the ENDSARS protests.
Frank MBA, a Deputy Commissioner of Police and Force Public Relations Officer said in a statement on Monday that eightK49 rifles, one Beretta Pistol with six rounds of live ammunition, three locally made pistols, 111 rounds of AK47 ammunition,10 AK47 magazine, five live cartridges, seven Laptop computers, one anti-tracking device, one camouflage vest, eight stolen but recovered vehicles, one stolen but recovered trailer truck Mercedes Actros with reg. no. NNK 334 YT.
Notable amongst the cases is the re-arrest of five inmates who escaped from lawful custody at the Oko Correctional Centre, Benin City during the ENDSARS protests.
The suspects, Onaruje Benjamin, who had earlier been convicted for Conspiracy and Armed Robbery and was on death-row at the time of escape, Adebayo Opeyemi, a dismissed soldier, Peter Felix Osas, Frank Odion Oloye and Alhaji Hudu Musa a.k.a Mai Cellular were arrested by operatives of the FIB – Intelligence Response Team in Kaduna State for the offences of Armed Robbery, Car Theft and Unlawful Possession of Firearms.
MBA said investigations revealed that the suspects having escaped from the Correctional Centre, formed a new criminal gang and returned to their old criminal enterprise.
“As a matter of fact, one of the suspects, Onaruje Benjamin, snatched a Toyota Corolla Car in Benin, 30-minutes after his escape from the Correctional Centre. Five vehicles earlier snatched from their owners at gun point in different parts of the country were recovered from the gang. While Onaruje Benjamin is the leader of the gang and the arms bearer, Alhaji Hudu Musa is in charge of ferrying and disposing the stolen vehicles to Niger Republic”.
Also in police custody is a 40-year-old female suspect, Talatu Ibrahim, who hails from Shinkafi LGA, Zamfara State from whom six AK49 rifles were recovered. Her arrest led to the subsequent arrest of one Duleji Alhaji Abubakar a.k.a Ori jeje residing at Ekka village, Koro LGA, Kwara State. Findings reveal that Ori Jeje has been getting arms supply from Talatu Ibrahim to carry out series of kidnapping and armed robbery in Kwara State.
The operatives also arrested one Abdullahi Mohammed a.k.a ‘Governmenti’, a specialist in car snatching. Investigation reveals that the suspect, within 90-days (August, September, and October, 2020) snatched 18 vehicles at gun-point from their owners in Jos and Bauchi States.
Mba said all the suspects will be arraigned in court on completion of investigations[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]