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174 robbers arrested in Abuja

By The Citizen
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The FCT security agencies arrested 174 armed robbers in the territory between April and September 2013.

This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Muhammad Sule, Chief Press Secretary to the FCT Minister, on Tuesday in Abuja.

It said the FCT Commissionerof Police, Mr Femi Ogunbayode, disclosed during a high-point discussion at the FCT Security Committee meeting chaired by FCT Minister, Sen. Bala Mohammed.

It said that 604 rounds of live ammunition were recovered during the period.

'The number of arms recovered include 27 locally-made pistols, three AK-47 riffles, one Lar-Riffle, 11 Wooden/Toy Guns and one JoeJeff Pump Action Gun,' it said.

It said that Ogunbayode also disclosed that a total of 61 stolen vehicles were recovered in the FCT during the period under review.

The statement also said that 32 armed robbery cases had been charged to court, adding that only one case of abduction was reported during the period.

It added that through intelligence, about 10 criminal hideouts had been identified, while 940 suspects were arrested during a regular raid and 283 prosecuted.

However, it warned that owners of all uncompleted buildings in the territory would be held responsible if miscreants were traced to the locations.

'Members of the public are enjoined to be vigilant at all times particularly as we enter the ember months and report suspicious activities to the law enforcement agents,' it added. (NAN