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  • Updated: February 12, 2024

Police raid Gidan Dambe, arrest over 300 suspects in Abuja

Police raid Gidan Dambe, arrest over 300 suspects in Abuja

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja Police Command has raided a black spot identified as Gidan Dambe in Dei-Dei - Zuba axis, and arrested over 300 suspects.

The raid was led by the FCT Commissioner of Police, CP Benneth C. Igwe on Sunday, leading to the recovery of weapons, and other valuables suspected to be stolen.

During the raid, one Ibrahim Tukur who claimed to be a DSS personnel was arrested with an English pistol with 15 rounds of ammunition. 

Other items recovered from the raid included motorcycles, and illicit drugs, including wraps of marijuana.

While charging officers of the command to be professional in their duties, the commissioner cautioned them against extortion. 

SP Josephine Adeh, the command's spokesperson made this known in a statement on Monday.

The statement partly reads: "The Commissioner of Police FCT, CP Benneth C. Igweh psc, mni, on 11/02/2024 at about 11:30 PM, personally led the tactical teams of the Command in the newly launched operation velvet to raid a marked black spot, Gidan Dambe in Dei-Dei -Zuba axisand arrested three hundred and seven (307) suspects.

"During search, one English Pistol with fifteen (15) rounds of 9mm ammunition was recovered from one Ibrahim Tukur who claimed to be a DSS personnel. Other exhibits such as Motorcycles, wraps of marijuana, illicit substances and valuables reasonably suspected to have have been stolen from innocent residents were equally recovered.

"While suspects are still undergoing screening, the Commissioner of Police FCT, CP Benneth Igweh psc, mni, wishes to inform the members of the public of operation velvet, which was launched on 10/02/2024, comprising all the Tactical teams of the Command to curb all forms of vehicular criminality and other crimes in the Territory. 

"The Commissioner of Police further cautions officers against extortion of residents and to adopt professionalism in the discharge of their lawful duties, as security of the populace remains his utmost priority.

"He equally urges residents to report suspicious activities through the following emergency lines ; 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653, and 08028940883; PCB: 09022222352."

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