Kingsley Nwezeh in Abuja
The Federal Capital Territory Police Command said weekend it arrested 10 suspects involved in armed robbery and drug peddling along Mpape, Kado-Biko and Life-Camp axis of the territory.
It said the suspects were arrested by police operatives from Mpape Division during a routine raid.
A statement signed by the Command’s Spokesperson, ASP Yusuf Mariam, said the suspects were arrested while attempting to break into a container.
It said the suspects confessed to being members of a 12-man robbery gang terrorising Mpape axis.
The suspects are Ibrahim Abdulrasheed, 26; Abubakar Rabiu, 23; Abdulmumini Bello, 19; Abubakar Mohammed, 20, and Shaban Abubakar, 19, an ex-convict.
Exhibits recovered are two cutlasses, two iron cutter, one iron bar, one axe, one rope and wallet containing counterfeit currency notes.
The statement said efforts were on to arrest other members of the gang.
In a related development, police operatives from Life-Camp Division have arrested one Emmanuel Idowu, 61; and Ede Chinedu, 27, along Dappe, Life-Camp axis during a routine patrol for being in illegal possession of firearm while one Bright Effiong, 37, was arrested with dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp. Exhibits recovered from them are one locally-made pistol and one unexpended cartridge.
In another development, police operatives from Gwarinpa Division weekend arrested one Musa Bari, 20; and Harisu Aminu, 18, for peddling drugs at Kado-Biko axis of Gwarinpa.
Exhibits recovered from the duo are one bottle of DSP syrup with codeine, one bottle of Barcadin Syrup with codeine, 130 pieces dizapam tablets, 30 pieces of Hypnox Tablets, 500 pieces of Valium D5 Tablets, 242 pieces of Exxol Tablets and wraps of dried leaves suspected to be marijuana.
The command said all the suspects would be arraigned in court upon conclusion of investigation.