- Recover rifles, live ammunition, cars, N1.8m
By Paul Michael
Nigeria Police Force (NPF) said it has arrested a notorious bandits leader and 29 other suspected criminals for alleged involvement in banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery, murder and other violent crimes.
The Police disclosed this in a press statement by its acting Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi on Thursday night, stressing that about 23 rifles, 2,200 live ammunition, three stolen cars and 1.8 million naira cash were recovered during the operations.
According to him, who said all the suspects will be arraigned in court upon conclusion of investigations, the notorious bandit leader, Ahmed Yunusa, aka “Yellow Ashana”, 36-yearold and his gang has been terrorising communities and road users along the Abuja-Kaduna expressway.
He further revealed that the suspect has been on the run following a sting operation by police operatives of Force Intelligence Bureau Special Tactical Squad (FIB-STS) that led to the death of a member of his syndicate and arrest of another, Yellow Magaji aka Arushe, The Trumpet gathered.
He said: “The InspectorGeneral of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc (+), NPM, fdc, has charged Police Operatives across the country to sustain the tempo in the fight to curb violent crimes in the country.
“The IGP who lauded the results of efforts emplaced to roll back the negative trend of crimes, commended the Force Intelligence Bureau Special Tactical Squad (FIBSTS) for the recent arrest of thirty (30) suspects for complicity in the crimes of kidnapping, armed robbery, arms smuggling, unlawful possession of prohibited firearms, car theft, rape, receiving stolen goods, amongst others.
“The FIB-STS equally recovered a total of eight (8) foreign and seven (7) locally made AK47 rifles, eight (8) revolver rifles, two thousand two hundred (2,200) rounds of live ammunition of different calibres, twelve (14) AK47 magazines, three (3) stolen cars, 10 fake number plates and a cash sum of one million, eight hundred and eighty thousand (1,880,000) naira from the suspects during follow-up investigations.