Taraba: Police Smash Criminal Gangs, Recover Arms

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By Wole Ayodele in Jalingo

The Taraba State Police Command has cracked down on some gangs that have been engaging in criminal activities across the state particularly cattle rustling and kidnapping.

In the process, ten suspects were arrested by the command in separate operations while large cache of arms and ammunition, including five AK47 riffles, two assault riffles, two single barrel guns, one locally made double barrel pistol and a locally made pistol as well as several rounds of live ammunition and two AK47 magazines.

The state Commissioner of Police, Shaba Alkali who paraded the suspects during a press briefing at the command headquarters on Friday said the gangs were smashed by a special join operation of SARS recently set up by the command in conjunction with local vigilante groups.

Alkali further revealed that the operations that led to the smashing of the gangs were carried out in Bali, Donga, Gassol  and Takum local government areas of the state.

According to him “A joint operation of SARS, the local communities and vigilante groups has cracked down the proliferation of firearms, cattle rustling, kidnapping  and other associated forms of criminality and a lot of success has been recorded in the recovery of firearms and ammunitions as well as the criminals.

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