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  • Updated: April 07, 2024

Abuja: Police lay siege on criminal hideouts, arrest 85 suspects

Abuja: Police lay siege on criminal hideouts, arrest 85 susp

The FCT Police Command's officers launched coordinated searches in Abuja's Durumi and Dei-Dei districts, apprehending 85 persons involved in various criminal activities.

SP Josephine Adeh, the command's spokesperson, confirmed the arrests and said the operations took place between March 31 and April 4, 2024.

According to Adeh, the hideouts were infamous for housing hoodlums and aiding a variety of criminal operations, such as the construction of illegal constructions and shanties for drug trafficking and counterfeit cash manufacturing.

Adeh said, “A search warrant was executed in some of the structures, and several exhibits ranging from paper and coins counterfeit currencies both in local and foreign, light weapons, eight motorcycles, seven generators, gadgets, and several ATM cards suspected to have been stolen from their victims were recovered.

“All the arrested suspects will be screened, while those found culpable will be profiled and arraigned in court.

“The illegal wooden structures erected by the hoodlums were dismantled and set ablaze to deter criminals from turning these places into a brewing ground of menace.”

She stated that the FCT Commissioner of Police, CP Benneth Igweh, has restated his commitment to ridding the FCT of criminals and ensuring the safety of all people as investigations continue.

Furthermore, the CP asked citizens to be watchful and report any suspicious activity to police emergency lines at 08032003913, 08028940883, 08061581938, and 07057337653 (PCB: 09022222352, CRU: 08107314192).

Meanwhile, the Kano State Police Command laid siege on different criminal hideouts in the State and detained 18 street urchins for allegedly planning to assault unsuspecting members of the public.

Usaini Gumel, the State Police Commissioner, disclosed this in a conversation with journalists in Kano on Monday.

Gumel said, “The suspects are members of an unlawful society poised to launch unprovoked attacks on innocent members of the public.”

According to him, the street urchins were arrested in crime-prone areas, criminal hideouts, and dark spots throughout the city.

He identified the following areas: Mazaunar Tanko, Dandishe, Kofar Dan Agundi, Kofar Mata, and Filin Idi.

Others include Kofar Na'Isa, Kwanar Diso, Kukar Bulukiya, and Dorayi Babba.

The CP stated that items confiscated from the suspects during the spot raid included hazardous weapons and dry plants thought to be marijuana.

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