The Federal Capital Territory Police Command has arrested 40 suspects for car snatching, drug peddling, armed robbery and public nuisance along Abaji, Gwarinpa, Asokoro, Jabi-Dakibiyu and Mabushi axis.
The suspects were arrested during coordinated raids and patrols between February 18 and 24, 2021.
The spokesperson of the Command, Mariam Yusuf, said in a statement on Sunday that the suspects included Tijani Zariwa, 25; Shamsudeen Abdullahi, 20; Muktari Mohammed, 48; Yahaya Abdullahi, 20; Abbas Mohammed, 24; Suleiman Audu, 19; Abubakar Baba, 34; Hudu Garba, 24; Sadiq Isa, 20; Yusuf Ali, 18; Abu Momoh Samuel; Simon Ndagi, 34; and Nwanse Precious, a 22-year-old female.
Exhibits recovered from the suspects are: one white Toyota Hilux, one ash colour Toyota Corolla, one locally fabricated rifle, 21 unexpended cartridges and one fabricated marking gun.
Amongst the suspects arrested for car snatching are Olamide Atanda, 29; Osas Raphael, 32.
They were arrested for snatching a vehicle after attacking and trampling their victim along Lugbe axis.
The vehicle was recovered by eagle-eyed Police Operatives on stop and search operations along Abaji axis.
Yusuf said all the suspects have been arraigned in court except the car snatching syndicate.
She said they will be arraigned upon conclusion of investigation.
She added in the statement on Sunday: “We enjoin residents to remain calm, law-abiding and comply with all COVID-19 regulations, meanwhile the Command wishes to reiterate its unwavering commitment to the protection of lives and property within the FCT.
“The Command employs residents to report all suspicious movements, emergency or distress, through these numbers: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653 and 08028940883. to report the conduct of Police Officers, call the Public Complaint Bureau (PCB) Line : 09022222352.”