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4-Man Suspected One-Chance/419 Syndicate Arrested By FCT Police

….CP warns against Jungle justice, stressing the revamping of the Command Anti-One Chance section.

… Saves the victim and recovers 200,000 Naira.

Operatives of the Wuye Divisional Headquarters of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command on Tuesday 30th August 2022, arrested a four-man suspected “one-chance” criminal syndicate in the Wuye area of the FCT.

According to a press release signed by the FCT Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Josephine Adeh, anipr,mipra, she said that the team equally rescued from the suspects a victim and recovered a cash sum of Two Hundred Thousand Naira on the spot.

According to DSP Adeh, the suspected criminals, namely Monday James (male), Ubeh Peter (male), Precious Ofili (female), and Rita Nkemjika (female), have been linked to masterminding and perpetrating a series of vehicular robberies (one chance) and their related fraudulent crimes (419), particularly in the Wuye axis and environs, have been on the police watchlist for some time now.

“Investigations revealed that on the said date and about 11:30 am, an unsuspecting innocent resident, unfortunately, walked into their sneer. The suspects, having perfectly executed their criminal enterprise, forcefully pushed the female victim out of a fast-moving car and sped off. The surveillance team of the Wuye division, who was on routine patrol with the help of residents, rushed to her aid and gave the fleeing criminals a hot chase. The hot chase soon attracted the attention of mobs that spread the news of the arrest, gathering in their numbers to unleash mayhem on the suspects. The police, however, tactically effected the arrest of the suspects, but the pressure from the irate crowd resulted in the burning of the operational vehicle of the suspects before the police could move it down to the station.

“In light of the above, preliminary investigation has commenced. The suspects have revealed to the police their modus operandi and how they have been in the criminal venture for over five years.

“Furthermore, to ensure that members of the public are aware of the existence and activities of these criminal elements, it is important to expose their age-old modus operandi as follows: An unsuspecting passenger is first picked up along the road. The passenger is then physically evaluated to see if valuables can be collected. Otherwise, they use a plan B to play on the greed and innocence of the victim by saying a huge amount of money is in the boot and needs spiritual intervention for cleansing. The suspect is promised part of the money only if he or she can provide enough money to secure the services of a spiritualist. To believe this is to fall victim to the miscreants.

“The Commissioner of Police, FCT Command, CP Babaji Sunday, PSC, while reiterating the need for road users to board vehicles only at insolated and approved motor parks, noted that the anti-one-chance-unit of the Command and other similar sections across the Command has been beefed up to ensure that the menace of sundry crimes and criminality is nipped in the bud. He also stressed the need for members of the public to shun the practice of self-help in obtaining justice, known as “jungle justice. He assured that the suspects would be made to face the full wrath of the law after the investigations.

Members of the public are encouraged to be vigilant and file complaints as soon as possible by dialing the following emergency numbers: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653, and 08028940883, and the Public Complaint Bureau (PCB) desk can be reached at 0902 222 2352. 

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