From Esther Akaa, Lafia
The Nasarawa State Police Command has arrested two members of a suspected armed robbery gang who were planning an operation in Karu Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.
The suspected robbers had allegedly written letters announcing of a planned robbery operation in some communities in Karu LGA before two of their members were arrested by the police.
A resident of Karu who does not want his name mentioned in print said they received a letter of the planned robbery operation in their community and quickly reported the matter to the police.
He said upon receipt of information, the police immediately drafted a team of policemen from New Karu Division who launched a manhunt that led to the arrest of two suspected members of the gang recently.
“When we received letters that there was going to be robbery attack in some communities in Karu LGA, we became afraid and decided to report the matter to the police that some unidentified gunmen believed to be armed robbers served us letters on their plan to come and rob some communities in Karu.
“The police did a good job by immediately deploying policemen to the affected communities and to God be the glory, two of them were arrested,” the source said.
Confirming the incident on Thursday in Lafia, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) ASP Ramhan Nansel, said the police aborted a criminal operation “while the gang members were planning the operation.”
He said, “Haven given letters to some communities that they were coming to rob, so they were having a meeting, that was when the police rounded them up and arrested them.
“Since the gang had dispatched letters to the communities, police made adequate deployment, both covert and overt, to the area, in order to frustrate their effort in making that threat possible.
“Two of the gang members arrested by the police, one Onofiok Job and Sunday Akpan, a.k.a ‘Small Calabar’, have confessed that they have been robbing communities near the FCT.”
The PPRO noted that the state has been battling with increasing cases of banditry, kidnapping and armed robbery.
He however, stated that the state Commissioner of Police, CP Bola Longe, has made tremendous success hunting down the criminals, saying that last month the Police command nabbed a 12 member gang that kidnapped 26 officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) last September.