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Police parade suspected robbers in Nasarawa

18 April 2013, 14:06

Lafia - The Nasarawa Police command has arrested three members of an armed robbery gang terrorising the state.

Parading the suspects on Thursday in Lafia, the Commissioner of Police, Abayomi Akeremale, said the robbers were operating along the Mararaba, New Nyanya and Masaka areas of the state.

Akeremale, who was represented by the Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, Cornelius Ocholi, said that the suspects were arrested on the April 6.

He said the suspects had shot and killed one Abubakar Wakawa at Aso Road in Mararaba.

The police commissioner said that the robbers killed their victim through the window during an operation when they could not gain access into his room.

He said the police trailed the suspects to their hideout at Aso.

``During the raid, a gun battle ensued, leading to the death of the gang leader.

``We recovered from the gang a Hyundai saloon car with registration number BDG 878 AC, a laptop and a flat screen television.

Other items recovered include one K2 riffle and four rounds of live ammunition. two locally-made revolvers, machetes and an iron cutter.

The police also paraded 12 suspected cultists, including three females, who were arrested in connection the alleged killing of one Emmanuel Ngwu, a student of the Nasarawa State Polytechnic, Lafia.

Ngwu was allegedly killed last month.

Akeremale said that one locally made pistol, four live ammunition, two machetes, a hammer and chain were recovered from the suspects.

He said all the suspects would be charged to court when investigations were concluded.

He stressed the need for members of the public to be vigilant and report suspicious movement to security agencies.

He said that the command was committed to rid the state of criminal elements.


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