Cecilia Onah, Lafia

The Nasarawa State Police command says it has arrested 12 suspected criminals who had been stealing from the residents of Karu Local Government Area of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Ramhan Nansel, made the disclosure while speaking with our correspondent in Lafia on Thursday.

He explained that the twelves suspects who had been on the watchlist of the police, were tracked down and arrested after painstaking efforts by officers of the command.

Nansel said, “On 17/01/2023 at about 1:45pm, Police operatives attached to Goshen City Division while on routine patrol intercepted a group of suspected criminals at Auta- Balefi while trying to tow their broken down operational vehicle.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the criminal gangs of twelve persons carry out their operation using a Volkswagen Sharon and a Toyota Sienna vehicle. They go about breaking into people‚Äôs houses and shops or attack drivers of broken down vehicles conveying goods and cart away the items.

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“Nemesis caught up with the criminals after they carried out a successful operation and fled the scene, but luck ran out of them when one of the vehicles they were using developed a mechanical fault, and in the process of towing it, the Police swooped in on them.

“Consequently, the following suspects were arrested: Abdullahi Hakimi 46years, Sani Ibrahim 22years, Buhari Abdullahi 29years, Musa Ibrahim 31years, Sani Mohammed 21years, Bello Usman 34years, Abba Ibrahim 40years, Tasiu Abdullahi 30years, Isah Isah 35years, Bello Auwal 27years, Safiulayi Dabo 21years and Nasiru Awalu 20years.

“Two vehicles and three cartons of vehicles shoe brake or brake pads were recovered from the suspects as exhibit.”

While warning all criminal elements to flee the state without further delay, Nansel said the suspects had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department to enable the police carryout a thorough investigation on the matter, after which, the suspects would be charged to court

He appealed to residents of the state to continue to give the police useful information that would help them eradicate crime across the 13 LGAs of the state.