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“One-chance” robbers meet Waterloo, victims released

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Two notorious one-chance armed robbers, who robbed and assaulted many residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) for several months, have finally been arrested by detectives of the FCT police command.

A traumatised female victim of the robbers was also rescued from their custody and N401,000 cash, withdrawn from her account with the robbers’ POS machine, while she was held hostage in the car, was equally recovered.
FCT police public relations officer, DSP Josephine Adeh, who made this known in a statement said the suspects were arrested by police operatives from Wuse Division on “stop-and-search’’ duty on the highway following a tip-off.

Exhibits recovered from the suspects included one black Toyota Corolla car, N401,000, Point-of-Sale (POS) machine, four mobile phones, two sharp knives, ropes, foreign currency notes and duct tapes used to strap victims and prevent them from shouting.
The PPRO said preliminary investigations by the police revealed that the two suspects usually posed as taxi driver and passenger waiting to pick other passengers.
“In this instance, the suspects picked up the victim who had just closed from work.
“On their way to her destination, the assailants locked the car, changed the route, tied her up and demanded her ATM card.

“They also threatened to rape and kill her if she doesn’t cooperate with them,” she stated. S
Adeh said N391,000 was withdrawn from the victim’s account via ATM and POS transactions, adding that the N10,000 cash in her possession was also collected.
Continuing, Adeh said that one of the suspects, who tried to evade arrest, was intercepted by the commissioner of police in charge of FCT, Mr. Sunday Babaji, who was  on routine confidence building patrol around the axis.

The PPRO stated that Babaji pledged the commitment of the command to curtail the activities of “one chance’’ and other criminal elements in the FCT.
“He enjoined residents to continue to support the police, particularly, by reporting all suspicious movements, emergencies and distresses, through 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653 and 08028940883.

Babaji also pledged to ensure diligent investigation and prosecution of the suspects.
He warned “one-chance’’ operators and other forms of criminals in the FCT to desist forthwith, warning that the law would catch up with them sooner or later.

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