Yemi Akinsuyi in Abuja
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command on Tuesdayin Abuja paraded 33 suspects for stealing cars and engaging in other criminal activities.
The suspects were paraded alongside the 16 vehicles of various brands that were recovered from them.
To also forestall cases of car theft, the command advised car owners to fix security in their vehicles.
Speaking with the journalists, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Operations, Bala Ciroma, explained that the arrest and recovery were as a result of proactive intelligence gathering and discrete operation carried out by the command.
According to Ciroma “Of recent, there have been reports of car theft either being snatched or removed from parks and it gave us great deal of concern.
“We had to go back to the drawing board and re-strategise and I can say that our strategy has led to the recovery of some vehicles and more recoveries will be made because the suspects have given us useful information.
The command recorded major breakthrough that has led to the recovery of 16 cars of different make that were suspected to have been stolen from different locations.”
He also noted that the suspects would be charged to court after a comprehensive investigation is carried out.
“As soon as investigation is concluded, they will be charged to court. We don’t want to rush and take half baked cases to court. We want to conclusively investigate the cases.
On fixing of security in vehicles. I also advise car owners to fix security in their vehicles. Even if it does not stop thieves from stealing the cars, it hinders them and gives time for patrol teams to act accordingly,” Ciroma said.
While assuring residents of their safety, the DCP promised that the command would not relent in its effort until criminals are frustrated out of business, as result yielding operation will be intensified and the strategy continuously reviewed until the last of these enemies are flushed out of the society.
Some of the suspects paraded included; Felix Terhemba, Timothy Iornenge, Jmaes Mbanongun, Ishiwu Chukwudi, Prince Nkem, Yusuf Abubakar, Salisu Mohammed, Babangida Umar, Suleimna Umar, Mohammed Mohammed, Promise Markus.
Others are: Abdulkhamid Umar, Musa Kusa, Chimezie Nike, Chika Hycenth, Buhari Musa, Zaradini Yusuf, Ismalia Bello, Kabiru Ibrahim, Mohammed Bashiru Musa, Vitalis Kenneth, Barka Bitrus and Mohammed Mustapha Idris.