… As Kaduna Police arrest 25 suspects, recover firearms***
Troops of the Special Task Force, Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), have arrested a Police Sergeant with 370 rounds of ammunition in Plateau.
Maj. Ishaku Takwa, OPSH Media Officer disclosed this in a statement in Jos.
The statement explained that the suspect was arrested on Thursday afternoon at a checkpoint in Werreng community of Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of the state.
The media officer explained that the police sergeant who was in a vehicle with a 60-year-old man, had attempted to escape.
“Our troops this afternoon intercepted a police sergeant and one other suspect with 370 rounds of ammunition.
“The ammunition was concealed in a Toyota Pathfinder jeep with registration number LGT 772 JN.
“Luck ran out of the suspects when the driver attempted to maneuver the military checkpoint located at Werreng along Barkin Ladi-Jos road, unfortunately, their car hit the barricade at the checkpoint which resulted in the death of one of them.
According to him, preliminary investigation revealed that the man who drove the vehicle “is serving with the Police Traffic Department”.
“The body of the deceased had been handed over to the Police while the other suspect is currently undergoing interrogation,” he said.
Takwa said that other items recovered from the suspects included a Toyota Pathfinder vehicle, N205, 000, an empty case of ammunition, one Dagger, a torchlight and three Techno phones.
The rest, he said, were a National Identity card, three wraps of substance suspected to be cannabis and a bag containing clothing materials.
He said that the surviving suspect would be handed over to the Police after full investigation, for prosecution.
In the meantime, the Police Command in Kaduna State, said it had arrested 25 suspects for various crimes from August to September, an official said on Thursday.
The Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Muhammad Jalige disclosed this at a news briefing held at the Command Headquarters in Kaduna.
Jalige said the suspects were arrested for various crimes, which included armed robbery, culpable homicide, kidnapping, cultism, impersonation, possession of illegal firearms, among others.
The newsmen report that among the suspects arrested were those who allegedly conspired to kill Abdulkareem Na-Allah, the son of Sen. Bala Ibn-Na-Allah, the Senator representing Kebbi South.
Na-Allah was found dead at his residence in Malali GRA Kaduna on Aug. 26.
Jalige added that the command’s operatives recovered pump actions rifles, pistols, Ak47 rifles, motor vehicles, live ammunition, among others, from the suspects.
The spokesman said that the suspects would be charged to court after completion of investigation.
He solicited for more cooperation from the public in the area of intelligence sharing and prompt report of incidents or suspicious persons, noting that crime is better tackled collectively and proactively.