Nigeria: Suspected Bandits Reveal Sponsors to Security Personnel; Vigilante Team Members Arrested for Vandalism

Nigeria: Suspected Bandits Reveal Sponsors to Security Personnel; Vigilante Team Members Arrested for Vandalism

By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria

In an ongoing crackdown on criminal activities within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the 176 Guards Battalion of the Nigerian Army have made significant strides. The recent arrests of 42 suspected bandits and terrorists, along with the apprehension of five vigilante team members, have shed light on the complex web of criminal operations in the region.

According to FCT NSCDC Commandant Olusola Odumosu, the suspects, who were initially identified as miners of solid minerals, are believed to be fleeing the military operation in Zamfara State. They were apprehended in the forest of Tsaumi Village, bordering Lambata in Gurara Local Government Area of Niger State. While initial investigations suggest a connection between the suspects and banditry activities in Zamfara, Kogi, and Niger States, the suspects have remained tight-lipped about their mining site and company affiliation, raising suspicions of ulterior motives.

Odumosu also revealed that the suspects have confessed to having sponsors, indicating a deeper level of organization and support for their illicit activities. However, investigations into these claims are ongoing, and the results will be communicated once concluded. The suspects are currently cooperating with authorities, providing valuable information that could help uncover their involvement in banditry and kidnapping within the FCT.

In a separate operation, Bartholomew Anthony, a 27-year-old from Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State, was arrested in the Mabushi area of the FCT. Anthony was found in possession of armoured cables, a hacksaw, a jackknife, a Techno Bolton handset, and N20,000 in cash. This led to the arrest of three of his accomplices, all of whom belong to a syndicate specializing in the vandalism and theft of armoured cables in the FCT. These suspects, who are also members of a vigilance group, have been profiled, and their statements have been obtained for further legal action.

Commandant Odumosu reiterated the commitment of the NSCDC to rid the FCT of criminal elements and ensure the safety of its residents. He urged the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities, emphasizing that security is a collective responsibility.

While the investigations are ongoing, the arrests of these suspects represent a significant step towards dismantling criminal networks operating in the FCT and surrounding areas. The cooperation between law enforcement agencies and the public remains crucial in combating crime and ensuring the safety and security of the region.

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