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Police arrest dismissed soldier for armed robbery

The Federal Capital Territory police command has confirmed the arrest of a dismissed soldier and one other suspect over an alleged armed robbery in Gwarinpa.

FCT Commissioner of Police, Benneth Igweh, while briefing the press on Wednesday, said the suspects were arrested on March 17 following a distress call by Blessing Mafulul Damia and Haliru Zakari to the Mabushi Division.

Igweh said that the two reported to the police that while on their way home, some men in an unregistered Toyota Hilux trailed them from H-Medix, Gwarimpa, to Gishiri village.

The Police Commissioner said the complainants reported that the suspects later robbed them of their valuables and attempted to kidnap them.

“Upon receipt of the information, police operatives of the division swung into action, trailed the vehicle and arrested two suspects, including the dismissed soldier.

“A black-coloured Toyota Hilux with Reg No. NBB 03 AH, a jack knife and some military accoutrements were recovered from the suspects,” he said.

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CorrectNG recalls months ago that the Imo State Police Command dismissed seven police officers for extortion in Umuahia, Abia state.

A statement by the State Police Public Relations officer, Michael Abattam, disclosed that the police men were arrested at a bank on 08/11/2022 in the course of performing illegal duty outside their jurisdiction and subsequently arraigned in court.

The statement reads; “Sequel to the inundation of the office of the Commissioner of Police with series of reports/complaints by members of the public on Police brutality, harassments, extortion, illegal checking of phones and flagrant disobedience to the Inspector-General of Police directives on extortion and incivility to members of the public, the Imo State Police.

“It will be recalled, that the ex-police men were arrested on 08/11/2022 at about 1300hrs, in a bank at Umuahia, Abia State, in the course of performing illegal duty outside their jurisdiction and conspiracy to extort money from an innocent victim. They were defaulted, tried and found guilty of the charges levelled against them, thus were summarily dismissed and charged to Magistrate Court, Owerri with Charge Sheet Number: No. OW/746C/2022.

“Consequently, the Commissioner of Police has directed all Area Commanders, Heads of Departments (HODs), Divisional Police Officers (DPO) and Tactical Teams Commanders of the various units in the Command to ensure their subordinates are warned against indulging in these sharp practices as any Police Officer found complicit will be made to face disciplinary actions.”