By Hassan Zaggi
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command arrested 985 suspects in connection with different criminal offences in 2019.
The Commissioner of Police in charge of the FCT, Bala Ciroma, disclosed this at the end of year media briefing in Abuja, Tuesday.
He, however, paraded four suspected armed robbers arrested in a foiled bank robbery in Mpape, a suburb in Abuja, two days ago.
The command, according to CP Ciroma, recovered 88 firearms, 118 ammunitions and 63 stolen cars within the year 2019.
Giving a breakdown of the 985 suspects, the CP disclosed that 210 were armed robbers, 86 arrested for car theft, 513 for petty theft and 29 were arrested for kidnapping.
“The proactive effort of the Command has led to the arrest of notorious suspects involved in armed robbery, one chance robbery, cultism, rape, kidnapping, car theft, theft, drug abuse and other related crimes.
“Similarly, within the year, the Command has successfully smashed and dislodged hideouts used for nefarious criminal activities and recovered firearms, other dangerous weapons used for criminal operations and large quantity of dried leaves suspected to be marijuana (Indian hemp), just to mention but a few,” Ciroma said.
He reiterated the commitment of the command to continue to provide security to all residents of the capital city.
The CP, therefore, advised “employers of labour to be vigilant and imbibe the habit of conducting constant background checks on their domestic staff. This is because people’s character can change with time.”
While warning criminals that there is space for them in the FCT, the CP revealed that his Command has deployed proactive security measures to beat them at their game.
“The only option available to criminals nursing any thought of coming to FCT is to either repent and turn a new leaf or be prepared to face the full wrath of the law,” Ciroma further warned.
He assured residents of the FCT that the Command is making concerted effort to build on its numerous successes of 2019 and provide FCT residents with better service delivery in 2020.