By Augustine Ehikioya
Movng against insecurity, Operatives of the Force Intelligence Bureau, Intelligent Response Team (FIB-IRT) have arrested four notorious arm dealers in Jos, Plateau State.
It also recovered a large number of ammunition and 57 AK47 rifles
The operatives of the FIB-IRT also smashed and arrested three suspected gun runners in Ibi Local Government Area of Taraba State.
This was disclosed in a statement issued on Thursday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, and made available to Security Watch Africa (SWA).
It said “This is in furtherance of the IGP’s recent charge to the men of the Nigeria Police Force to be dauntless in the fight against crimes and criminality in the country.
“The suspects, Hamza Zakari (AKA) Hamzo 20yrs, Abubakar Muhammed (AKA) Fancy 22yrs, Umar Ibrahim 25yrs and Muhammed Abdulkarim (AKA) Dan-Asabe 37yrs, all males and residents of Jos, were arrested following a credible intelligence on their nefarious activities in Jos and its environs.
“The suspects, who have confessed to their involvement in arms dealings and other criminal acts, have been identified as one of the major links for the supply of arms and ammunition to criminal elements terrorizing the State and some other parts of the Country.”
The investigation team, the statement said, is on the trail and closing in on the suspects’ accomplices.
On the Taraba arrest, it said “Similarly, operatives of the FIB-IRT acting on a tip-off have smashed and arrested three suspected gun runners in Ibi LGA of Taraba State.
“The suspects, Bello Sani, Venab Puncat and Yusuf Nahoda, all of Ibi Local Government Area of Taraba, during interrogation confessed to have purchased one AK47 rifle, and one SMG rifle at the cost of Nine Hundred Thousand Naira (N900,000). Concerted effort has been activated to arrest their collaborators and recover the exhibits.”
It added that the IGP, Usman Alkali Baba, while commending the successes recorded by the FIB-IRT, has reassured members of the public of the renewed commitment of the Nigeria Police Force in the fight against Nigeria’s “common enemies who are hell-bent on causing pains, tears and agony for Nigerians.”
He also called for continuous support for the Police and the security community, as the Nigeria Police Force under his leadership will up its game to ensure public safety, peace and security via intelligence-led, technology–driven and robust community–based partnership for better security architecture for Nigeria.
The suspects arrested, the statement said, will be arraigned in court when investigation is concluded.