The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) command of the Nigeria Police Force announced on Tuesday that it has apprehended and formally charged 14 male suspects to court for making false claims about the disappearance of their male organs.
According to the police, these claims incited separate instances of mob violence, which could have resulted in the unjust killing of innocent individuals in the country’s capital city.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, FCT Commissioner of Police, Haruna Garba, said, “The FCT Police Command has documented more than ten (10) cases of alleged male organ disappearance throughout the Territory, along with the escalating incidents of mob violence by enraged youths.
“It was only through the intervention of the Police Command that loss of life and property was prevented, and law and order were restored.
“Fourteen (14) suspects who alleged that their male organs had disappeared were taken to the Hospital, where the Medical Doctor confirmed that their male organs were intact and functioning.
“As a result, they have been charged with providing false information and inciting public disturbance.”
While urging the residents of FCT to caution their children and wards against raising false alarms, the CP implored the residents not to resort to vigilante justice or mob violence, as innocent lives may be lost in the process.
Regarding the successes achieved by the command in combating criminal elements, CP Garba stated that police operatives from Kabusa Division, acting on credible intelligence, tracked and arrested one Adamu Idris, also known as Idi, a wanted and notorious kingpin responsible for a series of kidnappings in the Galadimawa/Apo, Lokogoma, and Kabusa areas.
He further noted that the suspect, who was sighted at Okada junction Kabusa and took to his heels, was given a hot chase and apprehended by police operatives.
“During interrogation, the suspect confessed to being a member of a 5-man gang who are currently at large. The suspect is cooperating with the police to apprehend other gang members and will be charged in court soon,” the CP added.
In a similar development in September, one Abubakar Usman, who reportedly resides opposite Estate Galadimawa reported at Kabusa Division that two persons, later identified as Auwal Wada and Suleiman Hassan of Galadimawa village, threatened to kidnap him and his entire family if he failed to offer them Seven Million Naira (#7,000,000) ransom.
“However, an agreement was reached that he would pay five million Naira (#5,000,000). The police operatives from Kabusa laid a siege at the point of collection in a bush around Shereti village. The two suspects emerged to collect the ransom and were promptly arrested.
“This has been the modus operandi of the suspects as they have successfully robbed their victims in the past. The suspects will be arraigned in court soon.
“Also, Police operatives from Mabushi Division acting on credible intelligence trailed and arrested four (4) suspected armed robbers, namely; Oluwatobi Precious (an ex-convict), Theophilus Elkana, Ibrahim Usman and Umar Ibrahim (ex-convict) close to Destination Hotel Bannex.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that suspects robbed motorists of their phones while in a traffic jam around Mobil filling station, Mabushi and zoomed off in a getaway golf car,” Vanguard quoted the police statement saying.
It stated further that suspects confessed to the crime, while the said Golf car with Reg. No. DKA 288 RY, grey in colour, iPhone 14 pro max and several ATM cards bearing different names and substances suspected to be cocaine were recovered from them. Suspects will be arraigned in court at the conclusion of the investigation.
Furthermore, the CP disclosed that in the early hours of Tuesday, 4 am, acting on credible intelligence, Police operatives from Mabushi Division carried out a raid of a criminal hideout at Gishiri Village where a total of thirty- six (36) bags of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp were recovered.