Nigeria

Police smash Abuja car vandals, snatchers, recover 75 laptops, 7 cars

The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Operatives of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command, have arrested some gang members, who broke into cars to steal valuables.

The Command also recovered 75 laptops and other items from the suspects.

Speaking on the arrests in Abuja on Tuesday, the FCT Commissioner of Police, Sunday Babaji, noted that seven stolen cars were recovered from another syndicate that stole parked vehicles with ‘master keys.’

Giving details of the operations, the CP said, “On October 12, 2021, police operatives from the Central Area Police Station, Abuja, arrested one Abubakar Shettima, 28 years.

“The suspect confessed to being a specialist in opening peoples’ cars at parking lots and carting away their valuables such as laptops, tablets and bags.

“Preliminary investigation reveals that Abubakar has other members of his syndicate who patronise him. According to him, he sells these products to Adekoye Anthony, 28, and Yusuf Isa, 26, who in turn sell some of the products as scrap and parts to members of the public.”

According to Babaji, exhibits recovered from the gang members include 61 HP laptops, four Toshiba laptops, five Dell laptops, four Lenovo laptops, one projector, one Apple Macbook and parts of computers.

All the suspects, he added, confessed to the crime, and will be charged to court after investigations.

The police further said a pistol was recovered from one Saliu James, a suspected car snatcher, at the Nyanya axis of the FCT.

“The suspect confessed to sending one Umar Hamza to buy him a pistol. The said Umar was arrested and is in police custody”, the command stated.

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