31/12/2010 15:50


The police in Abuja on Thursday recovered 15 AK 47 rifles in an hotel room in Nyanya, one of the satellite towns bordering the Federal Capital Territory.
The raid on the hotel led to the arrest of an unnamed male suspect.
The Divisional Police Officer in charge of Nyanya - Karu, Mallam Aminu Garba, told religious and community leaders as well as hotel managers in Abuja that the arms cache was recovered by a detachment of policemen in the border town. The community serves as an entrance route to Plateau, Nasarawa, Benue, the entire North-East and some parts of the South-South.
He stated that recent events had given the police and other security agents cause for concern, noting that this informed the enhanced security operations in the satellite towns. He stated that this led to the recovery of the rifles.
Garba said the meeting was informed by the activities of suspected terrorists in Jos and Maiduguri and the likelihood of a spill-over in the FCT. The police officer appealed to religious and community leaders to monitor the activities of their subjects and shun radical teachings that might cause problems in the society.
He said that he would henceforth hold religious and community leaders responsible for the breakdown of law and order in their areas.
“Security today is a collective responsibility of every citizen. Therefore, I call on you to give your maximum support to tackle the problem. I would want
us to collaborate to build a strong security apparatus for ourselves by providing information on the activities of criminals in our domain who hide under the canopy of religion or any other guise.
“It is sad that a few days ago, we raided a hotel in this our area and recovered about 15 AK 47 rifles and one suspect was arrested. I wish to appeal to hoteliers to put strong security measures in their hotel rooms in order to avoid this kind of situation,” Garba stated.



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