FCT Police arrest 36 armed robbery suspects

FCT Police arrest 36 armed robbery suspects

The FCT Police Command said it had arrested 36 armed robbery suspects for various crimes in the territory.

The FCT Commissioner of Police, Mr Muhammad Mustafa, told newsmen that the arrest followed a proactive crime fighting strategy adopted by the command.

Mustafa said items recovered from the suspects include; 11 fire arms, 15 rounds of ammunition and three expended ammunition, two trucks and four cars.

Others are; three plasma, two lap tops, seven cell phones, two master keys, five gas cylinders, two wraps of Indian hemps, among others.

He said that all the suspects would be arraigned in court after investigation.

“The FCT police command under my watch in the last couple of weeks has recorded tremendous reduction in crime.

“This is the outcome of the proactive crime fighting strategy introduced to make the FCT safe and secure for all,“he said.

The commissioner said that the command had fortified security at all entry and exit points of the territory.

He also said that the command had drawn up an operation order to handle security during the Ember Months.

In a related development, the command said it had stopped a procession by the members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shiite group, in the territory on Thursday.

Mustafa said that the group had threatened to take over the streets of the FCT in the name of registering their grievances.

He warned that no individuals or group had the rights to protest in the territory without the permission of the command.

“We will not condone any act of lawlessness in the territory in form of protest,“he warned.

He advised any group which wants to protest to always seek the permission of the police.

NAN reports that the protesters were demanding immediate release of their leader, Sheik Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, who has been detention since December 2015.

NAN recalls that many were feared dead after a  clash between the Army and members of IMN in Zaria, Kaduna State, in December 2015.

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