The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command on Wednesday in Abuja paraded 10 armed robbery suspects it arrested following a failed robbery attempt by them in Nyanya area.
The Police Commissioner, Mr Wilson Inalegwu, who paraded the suspects, said the police acted on a tip off, and raided their hideout at Masaka in Nasarawa State.
According to Inalegwu, the suspects were about to unleash terror on the residents of some areas within Nyanya, when luck ran out of them.
He said: “The Nyanya Police Division promptly swung into action and raided the hideout of the hoodlums at Masaka, where they also have their armoury.
“Six suspects have so far been arrested. They have confessed to the crime and will soon be arraigned in court.’’
Inalegwu also paraded another set of four armed robbery suspects who he said were arrested after a shootout with his men at Ungwade in Jikwoyi area of the FCT.
The Police Commissioner said that the suspects were overpowered after engaging members of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in the shootout.
He continued: “After a fierce gun duel with the hoodlums, one of the robbers who sustained severe bullet wounds as a result of the gallantry fight put forth by the Police operatives, died while being conveyed to hospital for treatment.
“Other members of the gang fled the scene with bullet wounds following a hot chase by the operatives.’’
The CP said that the police were intensifying efforts to track down the members of the gang who were on the run.
He said that items recovered from the first set of six bandits include one pump action, one AK 47, one locally fabricated AK 47.
Others are two English barretta pistol, magazine with 98 live ammunition, AK47 ammunition and 22 barretta pistol ammunition.
Inalegwu said that items recovered from the second set of four hoodlums are one locally made pistol, AK-47 magazine with 10 live ammunition, 21 empty shells, wrist watches and one Four-runner Jeep.
The CP who said that the suspects had all confessed to the crime and would soon be arraigned in court, advised members of the public to always give information to the police on suspected criminals.