The FCT police command has arrested no less than 311 suspected criminals, including an alleged officer of the Department of State Officer, (DSS) in Abuja.
The Commissioner of Police, Benneth Igweh, in statement issued on Monday by the FCT Police Public Relations Officer, SP Josephine Adeh, said 297 males and 14 females, were apprehended in a bandits’ relaxation camp called “Game House” in Gidan Dambe, Dei Dei, Abuja.
Igweh, who was recently deployed to the Federal Capital Territory, personally led a tactical team of the Command in the operation that led to the arrest of the suspects.
Adeh said the CP and the team raided a marked black spot, Gidan Dambe in the Dei-Dei -Zuba axis and successfully arrested the assailants.
The PPRO further disclosed that one of the suspects identified as Ibrahim Tukur, claimed to be an officer of the Department of State Service, DSS.
She stated that during a search, one English Pistol with fifteen rounds of 9mm ammunition was recovered from the alleged DSS personnel.
The statement read; “When you hear something, say something. We had credible information that some bandits and kidnappers usually return to a place called ‘Game House’ in Gidan Dambe in Dei Dei, after returning from their criminal operations. They usually go back there to relax and entertain themselves at the game house.
“Our newly launched operation Velvet raided the marked black spot and arrested 297 males and 14 females within 20 minutes of storming the area.
“Other exhibits, such as Motorcycles, wraps of marijuana, illicit substances and valuables reasonably suspected to have been stolen from innocent residents, were equally recovered.
“While suspects are still undergoing screening, the Commissioner of Police FCT, CP Benneth Igweh psc, mni, wishes to inform the members of the public of Operation Velvet, which was launched on 10/02/2024, comprising all the Tactical teams of the Command to curb all forms of vehicular criminality and other crimes in the Territory”.