The Nigerian Army Guards Brigade charged with security of the Federal Capital Territory ( FCT), Abuja and its environs, have arrested four notorious armed robbery suspects terrorising the Nation’s Capital.
The Assistant Director of Army Public Relations (ADPR), Guards Brigade, Major Bashir Jajira, in a statement on Thursday, said two of the 4-man robbery gang was arrested on March 6, 2017.
Jajira said the robbery suspects were nabbed along FCT- Keffi road with a snatched vehicle.
He stated: “In efforts to ensure a crime free environment within FCT and environ, on 6 March 2017, troops of Guards Brigade Nigerian Army deployed at Kubo Checkpoint along FCT – Keffi road on their daily routine at about 1830hrs (6.30pm) intercepted and arrested two notorious suspected criminals who deals in armed robbery and car snatching, one Mr. Emeka Umera and Mr. Solomon Attabo.
“They were intercepted with a snatched vehicle, Toyota Rav 4 Jeep with registration plate No ABUJA GWA 62 RZ. The arrest was as a result of complaint made by one Mrs. Marian Nafiu (a wife of a serving military officer) who reported that her vehicle was snatched at gun point at Gudu, Apo general area of FCT, where she went to pick her ward from School.”
According to the Spokesperson, preliminary investigation and follow up operations by Guards Brigade Military Police led to the arrest of two other suspects in connection with the crime Mr. Olobo Rilwan alias “Man to Man” and Mr. Suleiman Salisu alias “C Boy”.
He said the suspects were in possession of two locally made pistols and two live cartridges that were used to snatch the vehicles and other criminal activities.
“The arms and ammunition were recovered from them. Though they confessed that the locally made pistols and cartridges belong to one Mr. Atai who is still at large, effort is in place to track him,” he added.
Jajira said further investigation revealed that Mr. Emeka Umera, Solomon Attabo and Mr. Olobo Rilwan were Ex-convicts who have served various terms at Kuje and Keffi prisons respectively on cases bordering on murder and arson.
He assured that the suspects will be handed to the Nigerian Police Force FCT Command for further investigation and prosecution.