Police arrest armed robbery kingpin suspect, 4 others in FCT

The police in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, have arrested arrest notorious armed robbery suspect kingpin, four others, and recovers exhibits.

FCT Police Public Relations Officer, Josephine Adeh, in a statement on Monday, said:

“The operatives of the FCT police command, on April 4, 2024, about 2p.m., arrested one Chukwuemeka Oputa aka Pounds and Dollar ‘m’, 38 years old, of Umuaka, Njaba, Imo State, and the leader of an armed robbery gang responsible for series of armed robberies and other heinous crimes in FCT.

“His arrest is consequent upon the apprehension of one Moses Hassan ‘m’ of Idda, Kogi State, a cultist, and member of the armed robbery gang, on February 14, 2024.

“Investigation subsequently led police operatives to the arrest of three other gang members, namely: Praise Etta, 30 years ‘old, of Etung, Cross River State; Rafael Dav aka Raffy, 28 years old, of Guma, Benue State; and Thomas Akange, 38 years ‘old, of Markudi, Benue State.

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“All the suspects have since confessed to be involved in a series of armed robberies and other heinous crimes in FCT and are also members of a confraternity cult group called Vikings.

“Several exhibits, such as four locally fabricated AK47 rifles, three locally made rifles using cartridges, an English pistol, one locally made pistol, a Dane gun, and three AK47 ammunitions, a 5.56mm assault ammunition, and an empty cartridge, were recovered from the suspects.

“While effort is on top gear to recover other exhibits in possession of the suspects, the Commissioner of Police FCT, CP Benneth Igweh, wishes to reiterate his unflinching commitment to make FCT inhabitable for criminals.

“He also urges residents to be vigilant and to always take advantage of the Police emergency lines to report suspicious activities of criminals,” the statement added.

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