From Pwanagba Agabus, Jos
The Plateau State Police Command on Wednesday paraded 39 suspects for crimes ranging from armed robbery, unlawful possession of firearms, kidnapping, culpable homicide, among others.
The also said it was because of its vigorous fight that led to the “bountiful harvest” of the aforementioned suspects.
Commissioner of Police in the State, Edward Egbuka, disclosed this in Jos, the State Capital, while reeling out some of the successes the Command had recorded in the State from the last quarter of 2020 till date.
Egbuka said, “On 10th of October, 2020 at about 01:30 hours, acting on a tip off, police detectives attached to ‘A’ Division Jos, burst a criminal hideout and arrested six suspected armed robbers.
He listed their names as: Bitrus Dung, Moses Meshak, Joachin Dung, Ikechukwu Lucky, Precious Onyekuleje and Hemen Davou, all male.
“On interrogation, suspects confessed to have carried out several robbery operations within Jos meteropolis and environs”, he explained.
According to him, “Their modus operandi include; trailing of unsuspecting victims to their houses, particularly in isolated areas, and robbing them of their belongings.
“Exhibits recovered from the suspects include; one locally fabricated gun, two pairs of Nigerian Army Uniform, and a Toyota Highlander vehicle with Reg. No. MUG 275 FM, one Mini ACCER Laptop, one Tecno Tablet, one Samsung Tablet, two hand bags, one trolling bag and one FREE TV decoder”, he maintained.
Speaking on the case of
criminal conspiracy and unlawful possession of firearms, the CP said, “On 31st January, 2021, Police Safer Highway patrol team attached to Angwan Rogo Division Jos, while on stop and search at Naraguta area by the University of Jos gate, suspected and arrested thirteen persons, operating in three tricycles with registration numbers: JJN 859 WQ, BUU 156 VC and JJN 286 WQ.
He said when they were interrogated, the suspects could not give satisfactory explanation about their movement.
“They were immediately searched, and two locally made pistols and one live cartridge were recovered from them. They were transferred to the Anti-Cultism Unit of the State Criminal Investigation Department, where further investigation revealed that they were members of the Black Axe Confraternity, a notorious cult group.
He gave the names of the suspects as: Umar Wada, Longji Longkat, Mohammed Biola Alphonsus James, Mark Demson, Isaac Caleb and Peter Jonathan, all male.
According to him, “A comprehensive list of other members of this dangerous cult group is with the police, and detectives have been detailed to go after them.
He said investigation is still in progress, and suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigation is completed.
On the arrest of a suspected notorious kidnapper, Egbuka said, “If you will recall, on 23rd December, 2020, a gang of vicious hoodlums attacked and shot dead one Barrister (Mrs) Kenmuen Tapshak Pwul at her home in Latiya Area of Jos South Local Government Area.
“Her six year old daughter was also kidnapped, but later released to the family unhurt”, he explained.
According to him, “In the course of investigation of this heinous crime, and while combing the nearby hills and forests, police operatives apprehended one Idris Musa of Kafi-Abu area, Barkin-ladi who had a gunshot wound on his leg.
“The suspect initially denied any complicity in the crime; but when confronted with evidence from the scene of crime, he confessed to the crime, and mentioned some of his accomplices”, the CP maintained.
The Police Boss, assured that efforts are still on going to arrest the fleeing suspects.
Others suspects were also paraded for different other crimes.
Meantime, the CP thanked Governor Simon Lalong for his support in the fight against crime in the State, and for signing into law the Anti-Kidnapping, Land grabbing, Cultism and Violence-Related Matters Bill.