The Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Police command said its officers and men intercepted and arrested some members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) with 31 bottles of petrol bomb and other dangerous weapons being ferried into Abuja to cause mayhem and attack innocent citizens including law enforcement agents deployed to protect lives and property.
The FCT Commissioner of Police Mr. Bala Ciroma, who announced this at a press conference on Tuesday also said that members of the group during a violent protest on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 without any provocation went on rampage and burnt down a Police Rapid Response Squad (RRS) patrol vehicle deployed at Ademola Adetokumbo Crescent.
Ciroma however said that some arrests have been made while investigation is in progress, adding that 400 members of the El-Zakzaky Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) who participated in the violent protest on Tuesday are currently being detained for discreet investigation in addition to the dangerous weapons that were recovered from them.
The FCT CP said that also arrested is one Salahuddeen Ahmad ‘M’ 23 years from Illela Local Government Area of Sokoto State, who hedescribed as the IMN first aider, adding that the suspects will be arraigned in court upon the conclusion of investigation.
Ciroma further elaborated; “The FCT Police Command in furtherance with its continuous effort to provide residents of the Federal Capital Territory with adequate security, protect lives and property and prevent any breakdown of law and order has arrested some a member of the El-Zakzaky Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) with 31 petrol bombs.
“On 30th October, 2018 at about 1230hrs police operatives on stop and search duty along Tipper garage Katampe intercepted and arrested one Mustapha Abdullahi ‘m’ 20 years of Ungwan Gwari Suleja with 18 bottles of petrol bombs carefully concealed in a travelling bag.
“To smuggle himself and the petrol bombs into the city, he disguised as a passenger and boarded a taxi with other unsuspecting passengers. He ran out of luck when the vigilant policemen on duty at the point upon reasonable suspicion intercepted the cab and conduct a search on the only bag in the car, which had in it the improvised bomb.
“Upon the discovery, the suspect was immediately arrested. Other exhibits recovered from the suspect include: two lighters and one dagger. The suspect will be arraigned in court upon the conclusion of investigation.
“Similarly, on the same date at about 1130hrs, police operatives on stop and search at Dakwa FCT-Niger Boundary arrested one Abdullahi Umar ‘m’ 22 years of Gadan Karte, Illela LGA of Sokoto State with a bag containing 13 well packaged bottles of petrol bomb. During interrogation, the suspect confessed that he arrived Suleja from Sokoto state on Sunday to join other members of their sect for the protest.
“He also confessed that he was ferrying the petrol bomb to FCT to confront law enforcement agents. One lighter was also recovered from the suspect. He will be arraigned in court upon the conclusion of investigation,” Ciroma concluded.
– Culled from Forefront
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