The Federal Capital Territory Police Command says it has arrested 12 suspected members of a notorious armed syndicate operating in the territory for over four years.
Mr Wilson Inalegwu, FCT Commissioner of Police, said the police arrested the suspects, who specialised in robbery operations around housing estates in Lubge and Nyanya suburbs, at various times.
According to the Police Commissioner, the suspects specialised in robbing residents of their valuables, including cars and cash, and were responsible for recent robbery operations that resulted in the killing of some Fulani herdsmen at Pyakasa in Lugbe.
“The gang was also responsible for the recent robbery at Super Cell estate, Apo, where six houses were raided, two women killed and two others injured.
“Their modus oparandi is that when they find their ways into the estate, they shoot sporadically into the air to scare residents of the estates.
“Items recovered from the suspects include five AK 47, 11 fabricated revolver rifles and three pump action guns; one fabricated barreta pistol with magazines, one fabricated AK 47 rifle with magazine, one fabricated SMG, two English pistols and nine magazines, 254 live cartridges, 58 AK 47 live ammunition and 15 expended AK 47 ammunition,” Inalegwu said.
The CP said the police also recovered 12 exotic cars and 18 different number plates from them suspects and gave assurance that the police would soon arrest the remaining gang members who fled.
Inalegwu further said the police would collaborate with the director of prosecution in the FCT to ensure speedy trial of the suspects, who would soon be charged to court.