The Kaduna Police Command, Monday, paraded suspected criminals before newsmen in the Kaduna state Police Headquarters.
While speaking to the newsmen, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Agyole Abeh, said, three armed robbery suspects had died during a shootout with police officers; one sustained injury and was arrested alive.
He said the incident occurred on Monday afternoon around Jere in Kagarko Local Government Area of the state, explaining that, the suspects were on their way for a robbery operation before the police intercepted them, following credible information.
“They were arrested in Jere on their way to carry out their nefarious activities. We engaged them, and three were shot dead, one was shot and arrested alive.”
He further added that, members of another robbery gang that specializes in city crimes were arrested; noting that they specialized in breaking into super markets, and their operation was not only in Kaduna but Abuja, Jalingo and Makurdi.
“Also, a one-man syndicate, who parades himself as ‘police officer’ was arrested. He defrauds unsuspecting members of the public.
“Other suspects were arrested in Birnin-Gwari area during a stop-and-search operation. Upon investigation, they confessed to committing series of armed robberies,” the Commissioner stated.
“We are trying to rid the city of miscreants. I told you that one of the crimes that is becoming worrisome is this issue of young boys carrying knives and stabbing themselves. And this is done with the aid of influence of drugs we have embarked on the rid of.
“After the raid of these areas that are selling these items, we were able to recover a load of items suspected to be Indian Hemp. We are here to tell you that the command made remarkable achievement in crime fighting.”
Items recovered from the suspects include, 4 AK-47 rifles and their magazines, a military camouflage uniform, live ammunition, police uniforms, clothes, jewelries and accessories, among others.
In the same vein, a dismissed Police officer, identified as Gambo Maina, has been arrested by the Kaduna state Police Command for impersonation and involvement in some criminal acts in the state.
Maina confessed to newsmen that he had been impersonating, in order to ‘make ends meet;’ adding that, his dismissal in 2016 from the Nigeria Police Force was as a result of his involvement in homosexuality and rape.
Police Commissioner Agyole Abeh further assured Kaduna residents, Nigerians and foreigners of the Command’s commitment to reducing crimes to it barest minimum, even ahead of the March 8th diversion of the Abuja-bound flights to the Kaduna International Airport.