Kogi State Polytechnic students, 16 others arrested for armed robbery, kidnapping 

By Ameer  Obansa, Lokoja
Two students of the Kogi State Polytechnic, Jacob Ufedo, a  HIgher National Diploma and Abubakar Sadig an ND Accountancy  were on Wednesday paraded by the Kogi State Police Command for armed robbery and criminal conspiracy.
They were arrested by the police  on the very day they rounded up their academic programmes from the Kogi State Polytechnics Lokoja,

Sixteen others were arrested from their hide outs across the state for their involvement in kidnappings, armed robberies and cultism

Parading the suspects the Command Public Relations officer Dsp William Aya said that this was  in compliance with the directives of the Inspector General of police  Ibrahim Idris  to the command  to ensure safety of lives and property of the citizenry.

He stressed that  the command has adopted proactive strategy to stamp out activities of the hoodlums from the state.

He sad five suspects who were armed with two locally made guns attacked a police staion and a vigilante office in Adankolo a suburb of lokoja, causing bodily harm to officers on duty and carted away valuable property of the police.

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He added that the hoodlums claimed that they were protesting the death of two of their members who were drown in the river Niger  while trying to evade arrest from the officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) who  stormed  their bunk in search of the ilicit drug.

He added that five fulani men who specialises in kidnapping and armed robbery activities around Osara area of the state were  arrested while combing the bush within the area saying his men were able to rescue  unhurt,  the victim one Muhammed Bello from the kidnappers.

Speaking further Aya said with the prompt intervention of the FSAR led by Dsp Danjuma  Bukar promptly arrested Ukwumodu   Agono  and Abu Atobo who were terrorizing the people of Anyigba in Dekina LGA and its environs adding  that luck ran out  of Ebeh Musa and Ameh James from Idah who were arrested while snatching at gun point  a daylong motorbike from Achile Sumaila at Agbagigbo in Ofu LGA of the state.

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According to Aya ,  four notorious armed robbers operating within the  polytechnics off campus lodges were arrested through the vigilance of one of the victims who identified one of the  members of   the gang leading to the recovery of the stolen items.

While advising citizens  to be vigilant about people around them,  said one Muhammed El Amin and Abdul Jawal who sells phones at the GSM  Market Cantoment  area of Lokoja were arrested with 10 laptops and 4 handsets for being a receiver of stolen items.

Speaking to  journalists  , El Amin regretted his activities saying that at a point when his accomplices were not forthcoming , he will put a call to them to intensify efforts at getting more consignments from their victims.

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He added that one of his accomplishes who is on the run specialises in replacing the case cover to deceive even  the owners  from identifying the laptops.

In the same vein, Jacob Ufedo who just  completed his final papers for HND Business Administration on the 7th November, 2018  was arrested for  robbing his victims at Nyamanyama road , Ganaja Village , lokoja, admitted that he was tempted  to rob when an unknown person gave him a locally made pistol to keep for him.

Items recovered  from the hoodlums includes ,  2 Ak 47 rifles, 60 rounds of Ak 47 amunitions, 1 single barrels gun; one action barrel rifle , one locally made pistol , weeds suspected to be indian hemps , 10 laptops and six handsets.

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