The Police Thursday paraded 16 suspect for their involvement in kidnapping, armed robbery and car snatching.
The police said the suspects belong to four different gangs adding that they terrorise innocent motorists on Abuja-Kaduna, Abuja – Minna – Bida, Birnin Gwari – Funtua, and Abuja – Lokoja highways.
The police also said some of the suspects use military uniforms as bait to get their victims.
The suspects who were paraded in Sabon Wuse, Niger State include: “Abdulkareem Isah, Mohammed Mustapha, Yunusa Mohammed, Ahmadu Musa, Bashir Yero, Abdullahi Mohammed, Tanko Isah, Usman Adamu.
Others are: “Yakubu Suleiman, Usman Ibrahim, Ahmed Suleiman, Isah Suleiman, Abdulmalik Sadiq, Usman Bawa, Sani Ahmed, and Alex Egor.
Some of the suspects were also said to be responsible for the murder of a policeman.
Items recovered from them include two AK47 riffles, one SMG OFN Mode 12 gun, one locally-made revolver pistol, three pump action guns, two berretta pistol, one air rifle, 85 rounds of 7.62X39mm ammunition, 10 rounds of 9mm ammunition, 6 rounds of 380 Auto.
Other items are: “Three live cartridges, five AK47 magazines, one fabricated master key, two Toyota Corolla car, one Toyota Muscle car, one technology phone, two pairs of military camouflage uniform and a box of fake dollar currency.
Speaking during the parade, the Force Spokesman CSP Jimoh Moshood said: “On 6th of November, 2017, after a sustained surveillance and raid of the criminal hideouts and kidnappers den by the men of Operation Absolute Sanity comprising the Special Tactical Squad (STS), Police Mobile Force (PMF), Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) raided identified kidnappers dens, camps, armed robbers and Car Snatchers in their camps, Black spots and Criminal hideouts in the forests located in the FCT, Niger and Kaduna States.
“They successfully smashed four vicious and notorious gangs in the process arrested 16 suspects in the act of kidnapping and collection of ransom, car snatching and armed robbery.
“All the suspects arrested confessed to the crime and admitted to the various roles they played in the commission of these capital offences.
“They will be arraigned in Court on completion of investigation. Investigation is being intensified to arrest other suspects at large.”
As part of preparations for the festive period, Moshood also noted that the IG has directed Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGs) and Commissioners of Police (CPs) in the zones and State commands across the country to beef up security in their area.
“They are to ensure massive deployment of Armed Police Personnel, Patrol Teams and undercover operatives to black spots, flash points and other vulnerable criminal spots to nip in the bud all forms of crimes and criminality nationwide throughout this period to the upcoming Christmas and New Year festivities and beyond.
“They are also to make sure that detection of crimes that couldn’t be prevented is prompt to serve as effective deterrent to who-will-be criminal.”