The Nasarawa Police Command has on Friday at the police headquarters, Lafia, paraded 20 suspected criminals, including armed robbers, who were arrested at different locations in the state.
The commissioner of police, Umaru Shehu, while parading the suspects said since he resumed work in May, the force had embarked on a clampdown on armed robbery which has led to the massive arrest of armed robbery suspects and the nipping in the bud of several crimes in the state.
The commissioner said on June 8, a combined team of police and local vigilante while on patrol arrested one Umar Mohammed of Waterside, Masaka and recovered one locally made pistol with five rounds of live ammunitions.
The suspect, Shehu said, confessed that he belong to a gang of criminals that specialises in snatching women’s handbag and handsets.
The commissioner of police also pointed out a case where his men arrested one Monday Anthony of Asokoro, Abuja and one Fedelis of same address who conspired with another suspect popularly known as Dan-Nasarawa, to lure a lady to a party at Laminga inNasasarawa State, with the intension of killing her using her for rituals.
The criminals had agreed to sell her head for N3 million and according to Shehu named an Alhaji who resides in Nasarawa local government as their sponsor.
Another of the paraded suspected criminals was Baba Sule of Lafia, who was caught vandalizing a transformer located at Tudun Larabaarea, Doma local government area of the state.
Sule said he usually sold the wire and armoured cables he stole fromvandalised transformers to receivers whom he named as GamboMusa, Mustapha Tahir, Awalu Umar, Muttaka Abdullahi all of SabonPegi, Lafia.
All of them had been arrested to the police and confessed to receiving stolen cables from Sule.
While parading the suspects, the commissioner called on citizens of the state to be law abiding and accord the force the needed support in carrying out its legitimate duties while assuring that the police would continue to do its best to provide security for the people.