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Crime Updated: April 08, 2024

FCT Police command arrests notorious armed robbery kingpin 'Pounds and Dollar'

By Adekunle Obas
April 08, 2024
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In a significant breakthrough, the FCT Police Command has successfully apprehended a notorious armed robbery kingpin, Chukwuemeka Oputa, alias "Pounds and Dollar," alongside four accomplices.

The arrest follows extensive investigations into a spate of armed robberies and other criminal activities within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Chukwuemeka Oputa, aged 38 and a native of Umuaka, Njaba, Imo State, was identified as the ringleader of the armed robbery gang responsible for numerous heinous crimes in the FCT.

According to Commissioner of Police FCT, CP Benneth Igweh, Oputa's capture was made possible by the prior arrest of Moses Hassan, a cultist and member of the same gang, on February 14, 2024.

Subsequent investigations led to the apprehension of three other gang members: Praise Etta, Rafael Dav (also known as Raffy), and Thomas Akange.

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All suspects, as per police reports, have confessed to their involvement in various armed robberies and other criminal activities in the FCT. They are confirmed members of the Vikings confraternity cult group.

A substantial cache of exhibits was recovered during the arrests, including four locally fabricated AK47 rifles, three locally made rifles utilizing cartridges, an English pistol, a locally made pistol, and a Dane gun.

"Several exhibits, such as four (4) locally fabricated AK47 rifles, three (3) locally made rifles using cartridges, an English pistol, one locally made pistol, a Dane gun, and three (3) AK47 ammunitions, a 5.56mm assault ammunition, and an empty cartridge, were recovered from the suspects."

Additionally, three AK47 ammunitions, a 5.56mm assault ammunition, and an empty cartridge were also seized from the suspects.

The Police boss reiterated that the FCT Police Command will continue to prioritize public safety and remains dedicated to combating crime and ensuring the security of all residents within the territory.

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