Police Raid Black Spot in FCT, Arrest 307 Suspects

Tactical teams of the Federal Capital Territory Police Command have, through the newly launched operation velvet, raided a marked black spot, Gidan Dambe in Dei-Dei-Zuba axis and arrested 307 suspects.

The Command in a statement by its spokesperson, Josephine Adeh, said one English Pistol with 15 rounds of 9mm ammunition was recovered from one Ibrahim Tukur who claimed to be DSS personnel.

Adeh added that other exhibits such as motorcycles, wraps of marijuana, illicit substances and valuables reasonably suspected to have been stolen from innocent residents were equally recovered.

While suspects are still undergoing screening, the FCT Commissioner of Police, CP Benneth Igweh, who personally led the operation, informed the members of the public of operation velvet, which was launched on 10/02/2024, comprising all the Tactical teams of the Command to curb all forms of vehicular criminality and other crimes in the Territory.

The Commissioner of Police further cautioned officers against extortion of residents, asking them to adopt professionalism in the discharge of their lawful duties, as security of the populace remains his utmost priority.

With the growing insecurity in the Federal Capital Territory, the police have been cracking down on criminal’s hideouts within the city, neutralising and arresting many in the process.

Last week, operatives of the FCT Police Command arrested six suspected armed robbers in Utako Village.

The suspects were apprehended on Wednesday in an uncompleted hospital building which is a marked black spot during a coordinated raid operation.

Police Public Relations Officer of the FCT Command, Josephine Adeh, disclosed this in a statement on Friday, saying a locally made pistol, two live cartridges, and wraps of substances suspected to be marijuana were recovered from the suspects.

She identified the suspects as Basara Hassan, Daniel Charles, Adamu M Oshiaka, Chancy Asidi, and Saliu Al Hassan, all from neighbouring states bordering the nation’s capital.

In another operation on Friday, operatives attached to the Rapid Response Squad 74 (RRS 74), intercepted one Muhammad Isah ‘m’ of Kafanchan, Kaduna in a Toyota Hiace bus with Reg No APP 489 XE, conveying twelve; four male and eight female; underage children to a destination later discovered to be in Ogun State.

Police said that preliminary investigation revealed that the children whose ages are between 5 years and 16 years, all from Akwanga Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, were being trafficked to Ogun state by one Pastor Simon Kado ‘m’ and Jesse Simon Kado ‘m’, who are now presently in police custody.

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