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Kogi Police nab 13 robbery suspects

07 August 2012, 09:20

Kogi - The Police in Kogi have arrested 13 robbery suspects, recovering 34 rifles and 11 vehicles, including exotic cars from the hoodlums.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Mohammed Katsina, made the announcement in Lokoja on Monday while parading the suspects before newsmen.

He said that the gang include the the robbers who killed and made away with the AK-47 rifles of two visiting mobile policemen in Okene on July 23.

Katsina, while parading the suspects, said they also include those arrested in connection with armed attack on a police station and a bank in Iyara Community on July 20.

He said the thieves were rounded up by policemen at different locations in the Kogi Central area of the state.

Among the suspects were two taxi drivers, a shoe maker and a 48-year-old community health assistant.

The commissioner said that the health assistant was being held for assisting in the treatment of one Lukman, now at large, a leader of one of the robbery gangs, who was shot during a crossfire with the police.

Katsina said the shoemaker, well-known in Okene, had admitted killing one Police Sgt. Yisa, sometime in 2010.

He said the shoemaker made away with the rifle of his victim and thereafter relocated to Agege, Lagos before returning to Okene in 2011, to participate in another robbery operation during which he was arrested.

Also paraded was a middle-aged man who was arrested with 35 pieces of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in a Volkswagen car with registration number Lagos DV 353 LSR.

The items recovered include four units of AK-47, one Mark fourv , six automatic pump-action guns,  21 single-barrel guns, three locally-made pistols, charms, amulets, jewel, one army camouflage, short-knickers and other household items.    

The commissioner also paraded two burglary suspects and an alleged receiver of the stolen goods.

He said that all the cases were at different stages of investigation and that the suspects would be charged to court as soon as possible.



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