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Police Dismantle Multibillion-Naira Jewellery Cartel Linked to Abuja Robberies

An armed robbery took place at the residence of a police officer stationed at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, located in the Lugbe area of the FCT.

photo of police operatives.

On Wednesday, police authorities announced the dismantling of a cartel dealing in jewellery worth billions of naira, obtained through armed robberies in Abuja and its environs. In a statement, Force spokesman Muyiwa Adejobi revealed that on April 28th, an armed robbery occurred at the residence of a police officer stationed at Force Headquarters, Abuja, in the Lugbe area of the FCT.

During the incident, the officer was nearly smothered, and a secured safe containing jewellery, money, academic certificates, documents, phones, and other valuables belonging to various residents was stolen. CCTV footage from the crime scene has been crucial in the ongoing forensic investigation.

Further investigations traced the stolen items to Wuse Market, where they were allegedly purchased by one Alhaji Auwal. Despite warnings from the police to the FCT Gold Dealers Association to avoid purchasing the stolen gold via their joint WhatsApp platform, Auwal facilitated its purchase and instructed his associates on how to handle it.

The Force Intelligence Department discovered that Auwal, his sons, and other associates were part of a cartel dealing in stolen jewellery, linked to similar cases under investigation within the FCT. Twenty-six suspects have been arrested in connection with the case and are being legally detained under a court order. They will be charged upon conclusion of the investigations, contrary to circulating news reports.

It’s important to clarify that claims made by Sahara Reporters that the robbery took place at the residence of the Inspector General of Police are false. No such incident occurred at any official facility of the Nigeria Police Force.

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The Nigeria Police Force remains committed to ensuring justice and upholding the rule of law, treating all suspects according to due process. The public is urged to disregard the misleading information being spread.

ACP OLUMUYIWA ADEJOBI, mnipr, mipra, fCAI, FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER, FORCE HEADQUARTERS, ABUJA 12th JUNE, 2024

 

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