Police Parade Suspected Cultist, Drug Dealer, Others in Jos
By Ralph Madugu
The Police in Plateau State have recorded successes in their fight against crime in the state.
Parading some suspects arrested for various crimes across the state, the state’s COMPOL, Isaac Akinmoyede stated: “The Plateau State Police Command had recorded some milestone successes in the arrest of some criminal elements that are bent on making the job of policing on the Plateau difficult and ensuring that some law abiding residents of the state experience pain and anguish.”
He added that the arrests of the suspects also led to the recovery of arms, ammunition and other unlawful implements that aid the criminals “in their unlawful trade.”
While enumerating some of the successes they recorded, the police boss said: “On 22/02/2020 at about 0100hrs while acting on a credible intelligence, Police operatives attached to Nasarawa Gwong Division arrested one notorious armed robber Abdulsalam Adams of Gadan Sogai at Congo Area of Jos North LGA of Plateau State. When search was conducted on his residence, one locally made pistol hidden under a motorcycle was recovered. Meanwhile, two of his gang members namely: Ishaq and Khalid all of Congo Area whose surnames are not yet known escaped before the arrival of the Police operatives. During interrogation, the suspect confessed that the locally made pistol and motorcycle belong to Ishaq, one of the suspects on the run. Investigation is in progress while effort is being intensified to arrest the fleeing suspects.”
He added that on February 28, operatives of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit (AKU) of the Command received a distress call while on routine vehicular patrol that one Uche Evangeline of Lamingo area and one Manya Gabriela of Tina Junction area of Jos were robbed at Dogon Karfe. On receiving the information, the operatives immediately went to the scene of the crime and discovered that the hoodlums had already escaped.
“The operatives went after the suspects and arrested one Gabriel Emmanuel aged 38 years in a Black colour Golf 3 Saloon car with Reg. No. BM 687 KUJ. When search was conducted on the suspect, items belonging to the victims were recovered inside his vehicle. He is assisting the police in order to apprehend other members of his gang on the run,” he said.
The CP also disclosed that on February 19, his men responded to a distress call from a good Samaritan that a four-man gang that specialized in kidnapping forcefully invaded the residence of one Ladi of Rayfield and attempted to kidnap her daughter but met some resistance and ran away. He added that operatives of the AKU, in conjunction with the Operation Puff Adder, swung into action and pursued the suspects which resulted in the arrest of four young men aged 19, 24 and 25, all of Favwei, Jos South LGA of Plateau State.
CP Akinmoyede also told newsmen that his men arrested a suspected cultist and drug dealer at Jenta Adamu in Jos North LGA.
He explained: “On 01/03/2020 at about 0021hrs in the spirit of Community Policing, the Police operatives of the ‘A’ Division and members of Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN), Jenta Adamu in Jos North LGA embarked on a joint patrol. While on patrol, they arrested a known cultist and drug dealer one David Timothy aged 18 years of Jenta Adamu with one locally made pistol and one live cartridge, some wraps of leaves suspected to be Indian Hemp and some illicit drugs.”
In a case of criminal conspiracy and rape, the CP disclosed that on March 5, one Philibus Ibrahim of Kwahas Lahir in Mangu town reported at Mangu Divisional Headquarters that Sadiq Abubakar and Seplang Lanle of the same address criminally conspired, lured his daughter (name withheld), aged 15, to Crystal Palace Lodge, Mangu, and raped her. The suspects were arrested by the Police and would be charged to court as soon as investigations were completed.
According to CP Akinmoyede, on March 8, a case of defilement was reported to the Laranto Division by Bashir Shuaibu of Shagari Corner, Jos, against Isah Abudullahi of Behind Islamic School, Bauchi Road, Jos, and the suspect was arrested and would be charge to court as soon as investigations were completed.
“Similarly, on 13/03/2020 at about 1100hrs one Beatrice Dabit ‘f’ of Dahwol area, Jos reported at Anglo-Jos Division that she discovered that her granddaughter, aged 4 years was defiled by one Isaac Boniface ‘m’ of the same address aged 20 years. On receipt of the report the suspect was arrested and on interrogation, he confessed to the act. Both suspect and victim were taken to the hospitals for medical examination. The suspect will soon be arraigned in court,” he said.
“Arrest of three suspects in a case of Culpable Homicide: On 20/02/2020 at about 2130hrs, one Andrew Gwana ‘m’ of Alahom village of Mangu LGA came to the Divisional Police Headquarters in Mangu and reported that on the same date at about 2000hrs, unknown gunmen invaded the house of one Wetle Gwana ‘m’ aged 63 years at Alahon village, shot and killed him. The gunmen also assaulted his son one Panmun Wetle ‘m’ aged 24 years. In view of the complaint, Police operatives of the Division launched a manhunt of the marauders and the following persons namely; Dio’o Yusuf ‘m’ of Alohom village, one Umar Adams ‘m’ of Derkong and one Janatu Ahmed ‘m’ Kwahas Lahir all of Mangu LGA were arrested. Suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigation is completed.”
He explained that exhibits were recovered from the various suspects including locally made pistol, Indian Hemp, some illicit drugs, handsets, one live cartridge, three sharp knives, two swords and three sharp scissors. Others were two iPhones, one HTC phone, one techno phone and a wallet containing an amount of money.
The CP appealed to citizens to always give timely information to the police in order to nib crime in the bud, promising that the Command would continue to do its best to reduce crime in the state.
Said he: “I want to recognize the sacrifice of members of the fourth estate of the realm towards making our society better and safer. I urge you to crosscheck your facts so that your stories will be balanced and unbiased. On our part, I assure you that we shall cooperate with you to enable you beat time lines and give out information that is complete and comprehensive which is fair to all concern.”