The Nigeria Police Force has arrested nine suspected former police personnel for aiding and abetting cattle rustling, robbery and kidnapping in the North-East.
The suspects are: ASP Yuguda Abba, Sgt. Habila Sarki, Diphen Nimmyel, Sgt.Yasan Danda, Sgt.Abbas Mailalle, Sgt. Bwanason Tanko, Sgt. Donan James, CPL. Idris Salisu and CPL.Zakari Kofi.
A statement issued by the Force spokesman, Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP Don Awunah, said that the suspects had been subjected to internal disciplinary measures and punished according to the gravity of their offences.
Awunah said it all started when a notorious armed robbery suspect, Alhaji Hodi Adamu, was arrested by the police in October in Adamawa.
He said that the suspect’s confession led to the arrest of two other suspects namely, Rabo Bello and Oliver Honiol.
The police spokesman added that the suspects’ voluntary confessions led to the arrest of the nine Police personnel mentioned earlier.
He said that the arrest, interrogation and confessions of the ex-policemen also led to the arrest of 19 principal suspects and recovery of many arms and ammunition.
Awunah said that items recovered from the principal suspects included, 14 AK 47 rifles, one pump action gun, one locally made pistol, 363 rounds of AK 47 live ammunition, 71K2 live ammunition, as well as 25 live cartridges.
He said the police force will soon charge the principal suspects and the dismissed police officers to court.
Awunah said that other arrests made by the police included a kidnapper/armed robbery suspect. He said his men also arrested four other policemen in Kogi for aiding and abetting criminals.
He said items recovered from them are included AK-47 Rifle! one G3 Rifle, one Baretta Rifle, one Assault Rifle, 10 7.62mm life ammunition, and two K2 life ammunition.
Others are two AK-47 magazine, two K2 magazines as well as G3 magazine.
He said the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, commended police officers for ensuring that Nigeria was safe and secure especially at the flash points in the North-East, North Central and South-South (Niger Delta).
“Their sacrifices will not be in vain; Nigeria will reward them adequately.
He said the achievements were clear testimonies of inter-agency synergy between the police and other sister intelligence agencies.