The Nigerian Police Force have paraded 16 suspects arrested for alleged armed robbery, illegal possession of firearms and kidnapping in Sabo-Wuse area of Niger State.
Among the suspects was a 75-year-old man the police said was engaged in defrauding people with counterfeit currencies.
Police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, told journalists at Divisional Police Headquarters in Tafa, Sabo-Wuse on Thursday that the suspects belonged to four gangs of criminals.
Moshood named members of one of the gangs as Ahmadu Musa 23, Abdulkareem Isah, 48, Bashir Yero 30, Mohammadu Mustapha, 25, and Yunusa Mohammed, 40.
He said the suspects were engaged in armed robbery and kidnapping along Abuja – Kaduna, Abuja – Minna – Bida, Birnin Gwari – Funtua, Abuja – Lokoja highways, while dressed in fake military uniforms.
Moshood said the police had also reinforced their “Operation Absolute Sanity” with additional personnel and logistics to tackle kidnapping, robbery and car theft on the Abuja – Kaduna, Abuja – Minna – Bida, Birnin Gwari Funtua, Abuja – Lokoja and other highways nationwide.
“This Operation Absolute Sanity is equally being carried out by the Police Joint Forces throughout the country,” the Police spokesman said.
Also paraded were another group of suspects, led by Yakubu Sulaiman.
Other members of the gang are Usman Ibrahim, Ahmed Sulaiman, Abdumalik Sadiq and Isah Sulaiman.
The suspects, it was revealed were suspects in the murder of a police officer. They also specialized in kidnap for ransom and robbery.
The police also paraded a 75-year old man identified as Usman Bawa, who is the leader of a group who specializes in defrauding people with counterfeit currencies.
The police said the suspects were arrested on November 6 at their hideouts by operatives of Operation Absolute Sanity comprising the Special Tactical Squad STS, Police Mobile Force, PMF, and Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS.
“The security operatives, raided identified kidnappers dens, camps, armed robbers and car snatchers in their camps, black spots and criminal hideouts in the forests located in the FCT, Niger and Kaduna states and successfully smashed four vicious and notorious gangs; and in the process arrested the following 16 suspects in the act of kidnapping and collection of ransom, car snatching and armed robbery,” he said.
He said the suspects would be arraigned in court on completion of police investigation.
“Investigation is being intensified to arrest other suspects at large,” he added.
Items he said were recovered from the suspects include two AK 47 riffle, one SMG OFN Mode 12 gun, one locally made revolver pistol, three pump action gun, two Bareta pistol and one air rifle.
Also paraded were 85 rounds of 7.62X39mm ammunition, 10 Rounds of 9mm ammunition 6 ROUNDS OF 380 AUTO three live cartridges and five AK 47 magazines.
Other items were two pairs of military camouflage uniforms, one fabricated master key, two Toyota Corolla cars among others.