From Molly Kilete, Abuja

The Police Force Headquarters, yesterday, paraded a notorious gun manufacturer, kidnappers and one chance syndicate, comprising mostly women.

The suspects were arrested by operatives of the IGP Intelligence Response Team, and Special Tactical Squad, in various parts of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and some states across the federation.

Parading the suspects before newsmen in Abuja, Force Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, said following an intelligence received by the operatives of the FID-IRT, on January 16, 2024, on the activities of one-chance operators at the Gwagwalada, Area 1, AYA, Giri and Wuse axis of the FCT, the operatives swung into action and immediately traced the activities of the criminals, which eventually led to their arrest on February 19, 2024, at their hideout located at Karimo, FCT.

Adejobi said: “Upon their arrest and consequent interrogation, the suspects confessed to being specialised in carrying out “one-chance” operations and have been running it for over a year.”

The arrested prime suspects are one Sunday Ekwo, 35, and Linola Angel Agabi, 27. Recovered from them are a POS machine, which they reportedly used to fleece their victim’s account, and one Mazda saloon car with Reg. No. KUJ 887 BQ, which they used for their illicit operations.

Relatedly, on February 9, 2024, operatives of the FID-IRT received intelligence on the activities of a syndicate of Trans-border gunrunners operating in Plateau State to other parts of the country, and by extension, supplying arms and ammunition to some criminal elements beyond the borders of the country.

The FPRO said the IRT operatives utilised the information and arrested principal suspects; Mahos Jatau Mancha, a.k.a Adis; Justin Abugieye, a.k.a Austin; Joseph Zingkur Ayuba, a.k.a Zed; Davou Chuwang and Yakubu Benedict Bonat, a.k.a VIP.

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He said: “During investigation, it came to light that the said Justin Abugieye is a Trans-border arms and ammunition supplier based in Obudu LGA of Cross River State, who usually gets supplies of AK47 rifles, ammunition, and rocket launchers from the Mahos Jatau Mancha, Joseph Zingkur Ayuba, Davou Chuwang, Yakubu Benedict Bonat, all in Plateau State, and, in turn, supplies same to some rebels and other criminal elements in a neighbouring country.

“One of the suspects, Yakubu Benedict Bonat, confessed to have sold four AK-47 rifles to Justin Abugieye, the first which he said belonged to his late father who was a police officer, and he had sold it to Justin instead of handing it over to legal authorities, while the others, he had locally fabricated and had sold to Justin.

“Another of the suspects, Ibrahim Maji, happens to be a middleman who was present when Justin had sold three Ak-47 rifles to one Shetto Dogo and had collected another Ak-47 rifle and 16 live ammunitions to personally deliver to Shetto Dogo before his apprehension.

“One Lucy Ogar, the female lover and accomplice of Justin, who usually accompanies him to take delivery and supply of the arms and ammunition, as well as one Paulina Abugieye, his younger sister who assists him in delivering arms to buyers, were also arrested.

“A factory operated by the said Joseph Zingkur Ayuba in his house at Kuru, Jos, Plateau State, where he fabricates arms, was also discovered. Another suspect, Davou Chuwang, who supplies ammunition to Joseph Zingkur, was also arrested and while in custody, he was contacted by Majahid Muhammad Kyari and Buhari Musa, who requested to purchase two Ak-47 rifles from him.

“They agreed to meet him to inspect the rifles and were immediately arrested by the operatives of the IRT at the agreed meeting point. Interrogation revealed that Majahid had earlier been in business with Davou Chuwang and had, in the past, purchased 50 rounds of 9mm live ammunition from him and trusted him to deliver this time around also,” Adejobi said.

In an interview, one of the suspects, 45-years-old Joseph Ayuba, said, so far, he had fabricated 19 pistols for criminals since 2019, when he started the illegal production. Ayuba, who pleaded for forgiveness, said he specialised in pistol making and not AK-47.

He said: “I have fabricated 19 pistols and nothing more. I supply them to criminals. I don’t make Ak-47. I fabricate pistols.”