The Nigeria Police Force has arrested 81 suspects for various crimes including banditry, armed robbery, kidnapping, murder, homicide and illegally manufacturing and distributing vehicle number plates.
A total of 45 assorted firearms were recovered including 17 AK-47 rifles, 20 locally made AK-47 rifles, one General Purpose Machine Gun, 9,899 rounds of AK-47 live ammunition, 80 illegally produced number plates, and two Toyota cars.
In April and May, 78 males and three females were arrested in different parts of the country.
Frank Mba, a Commissioner of Police and the Force Public Relations Officer, told a news briefing in Abuja on Wednesday that some of the suspects were arrested over alleged gun running, unlawful possession of firearms, and other offenses.
The arrest of the suspects, he said, was the result of the Intelligence Response Team and the Special Tactical Squad working together.
According to him, the achievements had nothing to do with the investigative and operational breakthroughs in various zones and states across the country.
Mba also says 80 illegal plates were found, as well as two Toyota cars that had been robbed at gunpoint but were later discovered by police operatives.
Among the suspects arrested were members of kidnap syndicates operating between Sokoto State, Nigeria, and Niger Republic.
Abdullahi Dalhatu admitted having taken part in several kidnap operations in Niger Republic and Nigeria, and he is also the leader of a transnational kidnap gang operating in the border region between Nigeria and Sokoto.
The suspects were said to have carried out several activities on both sides of the border, making them transborder kidnapping rings
The suspects met their waterloo after killing Alhaji Abba Abbey, an aide to the former governor of Sokoto State, Aliyu Wamakko.
According to the FPRO, Abbey had been lured into hostage by a former girlfriend who, at the time of her kidnapping, had moved on and begun dating one of her kidnappers.
Mba said the kidnappers took the victim into their custody and demanded N50m in ransom, but he was killed when the ransom was not paid in time.
Background checks conducted on the leader of the gang revealed that he owned homes in Nigeria and Niger Republic.
Mba said the check revealed that the leader had served time in prison in Niger Republic after being involved in homicide cases there.
Sylvester Agbole, who collaborated with Samuel Emmanuel to kill one Godwin Christopher, was also paraded by the police.
According to Agbole, Christopher lent him N500,000 for his wedding, and this led to Christopher’s murder.
After learning that Christopher had money, he sent Emmanuel and others to rob him, and as a result, Christopher was killed.
Agbole admitted that he had not paid Christopher (Christopher) the N500,000 he borrowed before sending the robbers after him, even though he denied ordering his death.