The FCT Police Command has arrested one Isaac Agbo, 19-year old for allegedly robbing and stabbing a pastor of Assemblies of God church.
The suspect who was in company of his friend allegedly went to the residence of the Pastor John Jonathan in Karmajiji area of Abuja and robbed him.
The suspect who met resistance when they got to the pastor’s house stabbed the pastor with a knife and fled his house.
According to Police, the pastor was stabbed at his back and is currently recovering at an undisclosed hospital.
Speaking at a press briefing in Abuja on Wednesday, the Commissioner of Police in charge of FCT, CP Bala Ciroma said recent measures put in place by the Command has led to smashing of notorious criminal syndicates, arrest of hardened criminals, recovery of dangerous weapons and other exhibits.
The CP who was represented by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Criminal Investigation Department, DCP Salisu Gyadi said 84 other suspects were arrested for various crimes.
The Command also recovered 25 vehicles of different make from a gang of nine, various phones, locally fabricated rifle, knives, cutlasses, daggers, hammers, axe and other dangerous weapons.
23 packs of solution used as intoxicant, 43 bottles of different cough syrups containing codeine, hundreds of Exol tablet, hundreds of Dizapam tablets were also recovered.
Speaking on how Agbo was arrested, the CP said: “On the 8th February 2019, at about 2030 hours, a report was received of a robbery in progress at the residence of one Pastor John in Karmajiji, Abuja. Police operatives moved to the scene and met the pastor in a pool of his blood while a locally made pistol and dagger was left behind by the robbers while they were escaping.
“In the course of trailing the robbers, One Isaac Agbo aged 19 of Games Village, Abuja was arrested and he confessed to the crime. In his confession, he said that when they got to the house of the Pastor, they were able to enter but met resistance. In the process, they stabbed him at his back and ran when alarm was raised.”
The CP said Agbo’s accomplice, one Ibrahim is currently at large but effort is being intensified to arrest him.
The Command also arrested a gang of four suspected armed robbers who specialise in snatching cars and receiving stolen cars.
The suspects; Ibrahim Abubakar, Usman Bala, Abubakar Sani, and Murtala Mohammed specialize in stealing and snatching cars from shopping malls.
On how they were arrested, the CP said: “They had an accident around Federal Secretariat in Abuja after snatching a car and tried to escape Police who were on hot pursuit. Upon the arrest of the suspects, they confessed having previously stolen a Honda Accord EOD at shopping mall in central area, a Mercedes Benz at Jinifa Plaza also at Central Area, a Mercedes Benz ML at Next Cash and Carry and three Toyota Camry pencil light models.
“According to the suspects, they use a knife or gun to dispossess their victims of their cars and search their victims collecting all valuables before leaving. The suspects also disclosed their receivers as Murtala Mohammed and one Danjuma who is at large. The receivers sell the cars somewhere in Kebbi State and usually forge new papers for the vehicles.”
The Police said efforts are being intensified to arrest Danjuma and recover all the stolen vehicles.
Ciroma also noted that it has keyed into the Operation Puff Adder recently launched by the Inspector-Gnerel of Police, Ag. IGP Mohammed Adamu, adding that extra personnel have been deployed to Abaji, Kwali, Gwagwalada, Bwari, and Kuje areas with to check the activities of criminals within the FCT.(The Nation)