Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force have arrested thirty-nine (39) suspects for their involvement in series of violent crimes including armed robbery, kidnapping, murder, arms trafficking, and cybercrime in some parts of the country.
A statement by Force Public Relations Officer CP Frank Mba
Says the arrest was made possible following unrelenting investigative and operational efforts aimed at bringing the perpetrators of the crimes to justice and giving succour to their victims.
Some of the exhibits recovered from the suspects are 2 RPG launchers, 13 AK47 rifles, 4 locally made pistols, 58 wraps of dynamite, 769 AK47 live ammunition, 14 AK47 magazines, 30 live cartridges, mobile phones, 157 SIM cards, amongst other incriminating items.
Notable among the cases is the arrest of a 4-man notorious trans-border arms smuggling syndicate in Cross River State.
The principal suspect, Ntui Lambert ‘m’ 36-year-old native of Ikom, in Cross River state – whose father is a Nigerian and mother, a Cameroonian – was arrested in possession of different calibre of sophisticated weapons, 58 wraps of explosive materials suspected to be dynamite and ammunition through an intelligence-led operation by Police operatives.
Further investigations by the Police team revealed that the suspect engages in trans-border arms smuggling with his three (3) other gang members who are members of a secessionist group in Cameroun.
Equally, two (2) Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) launchers were also recovered from one 78yrs old Okala Joseph in Makurdi, Benue State.
Investigations revealed that the suspect is a middleman between criminal suppliers of the weapon and the end-users. He is currently assisting the Police with vital information that will further help in breaking the supply chain and arresting other suspects.
The Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc (+), fdc, NPM has reassured citizens that the Force remains committed to ensuring that perpetrators of criminal acts are brought to book and justice served to their victims.