In a major sting operation to checkmate corruption and professional misconduct within and outside the police, the authorities have arrested nine policemen for robbery, kidnapping, aiding and abetting serious crimes.
The nine policemen were paraded today at the Force headquarters Abuja.
A statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Don Awunah, identified the arrested officers as: ASP Yuguda Abbah, Sgt Habila Sarki, Diphen Nimmyel, Sgt Yasan Danda, Sgt Abbas Mailalle, Sgt Bwanason Tanko, Sgt Donan James, Corporal Idris Salisu and CPL Zakari Kofi.
The dismissed officers were found guilty of unprofessional conduct, aiding and abetting serious crimes like cattle rustling, robbery and kidnapping in the Northeast.
According to the police statement, interrogation and confessions of the dismissed policemen also led to the arrest of principal suspects and recovery of many arms and ammunition.
Principal suspects arrested include Mayo Chadi Aliyu, Atiku Ibrahim, Ali Mohammed, Abdulrahman Umar, Umar Daudu, Ibrahim Umar, Ibrahim Mallam, Adamu Lolo, Suleiman Buba, Ahmed Adamu, Gidado Garba, Sani Dan Alhaji, Inusa Mohammed, Mohammed Wari, Mohammed Rabiu, Hammadu Abdullahi, Umar Adamu, Idi Juye and Yusuf Abdullahi.
Items recovered from the suspects include:14 AK 47 rifles with numbers intact; 3 other AK 47 rifles with numbers etched out; one Pump Action rifle; one locally made pistol; 42 empty magazines, 363 rounds of AK 47 live ammunition; 71 K2 live ammunition and 25 live cartridges.
The police also disclosed that in October, 2016, one Alhaji Hodi Adamu, a notorious armed robbery suspect was arrested by the police in Adamawa State.
The suspect’s confession led to the arrest of two other suspects namely: Rabo Bello and Oliver Honiol whose voluntary confessions led to the arrest of the nine police personnel mentioned above for various roles they played through their actions and inactions which are considered as disciplinary infractions.
The principal suspects and the dismissed police officers will soon be charged to court.
The police also paraded four policemen and an armed robbery suspect accused of criminal acts in Kogi state. The suspects were identified as Zakari Ya’u Isiaka, Sgt Musbahu Yahaya, Sgt Ugenlo Sylvester, Sgt Musa Umar and Corporal Omale Edicha.
Recovered from them were one AK-47 rifle, one G3 rifle, one Baretta rifle, one assault rifle, ten 7.62mm live ammunition; two k2 live ammunition; two AK-47 magazines; three K2 magazines; and two G3 magazine.