Niger state Police Command has arrested forty four suspects for allegedly committing various offences ranging from thuggery armed robbery criminal consipiracy and possession of dangerous weapons.
The suspects who were arrested in parts of Minna metropolis are to be charged with capital offences without bail condition
This is contained in a statement issued to Newsmen in Minna by the Police Public Relations Officer DSP Wasiu Abiodun.
He said this followed recent report of miscreants clashes, thuggery, and pockets of tricycle robberies in parts of Minna metropolis, such as Stadium Junction, Limawa, Angwan-Daji,Bosso road, Flamingo junction, Morris junction, and Barkin-Sale causing public unrest, inflicting serious injuries on victims and dispossessing unsuspecting members of the public of their valuables.
In a bid to curtail this ugly trend the Command mobilized its tactical teams comprised of Operations Department, CTU, Anti-kidnapping unit, tactical support team, Area Command team, various patrol units in the metro and vigilante members led by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Operations Ali Hayatu Kaigama conducted house to house raid sting operation within the areas of Limawa, Angwan-Daji, Paida, Gwadebe, Anguwan-Sarki, Ogbomosho road, Kasuwan-Gwari, and its environs in Minna metropolis.
During the raid, the notorious suspects were arrested with different types of dangerous weapons such as eleven cutlasses, four scissors, five knives, four swords, one garotte, five sticks, eight handset phones, three shisha pipes/pots, a big saw, scale, an iron bar, a bottle containing illicit drugs, lighter, screw driver, bunch of keys, and ATM cards.
All the suspects have been transferred to state CID for discreet investigation and they will be arraigned in court for prosecution.
The Commissioner of Police,in charge of Niger State Command Mr Ogundele Ayodeji,expressed satisfaction with the operation, and directed that the operation will be a continuous exercise to ensure that Minna metropolis is rid of unguarded elements disrupting peace of the metro.