Police Dismantles Cartel Dealing In Billion-Naira Jewelry Obtained From Robbery Operations

Date: 12-06-2024 10:11 pm (1 month ago) | Author: Mister Jay Wonder
- at 12-06-2024 10:11 PM (1 month ago)

The Nigeria Police Force has successfully dismantled a high-value cartel involved in trading jewelry worth billions of Naira, stolen during armed robberies in Abuja and its surroundings.

The Force spokesperson, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, revealed in a statement that the breakthrough came after a robbery incident on April 28, 2024, at the residence of a police officer attached to Force Headquarters in Lugbe, Federal Capital Territory. The officer was nearly smothered during the robbery, and the culprits absconded with a secured safe containing jewelry, money, academic certificates, documents, phones, and other valuables from various residents within the compound. CCTV footage captured the suspect at the crime scene, significantly aiding forensic investigations.

“Subsequent investigations traced the stolen items to Wuse Market, where they were allegedly purchased by one Alhaji Auwal,” Adejobi stated. Despite police warnings to the FCT Gold Dealers Association to avoid buying stolen gold, Alhaji Auwal facilitated the purchase and instructed his associates on handling the goods.

The Force Intelligence Department's investigations revealed that Alhaji Auwal, his sons, and associates were part of a cartel dealing in stolen jewelry. This group has been linked to several similar cases under investigation across various formations within the FCT. Currently, 26 suspects have been arrested in connection with this case, with many others in custody under a court order. They will be charged upon the completion of the investigations, contrary to misleading reports circulating in the media.

Adejobi clarified misconceptions fueled by some media outlets, particularly Sahara Reporters, which falsely claimed the robbery occurred at the residence of the Inspector General of Police (IGP). “The robbery or any burglary or theft never took place at the IGP's residence or any official facility of the Nigeria Police Force,” he emphasized. He noted that those making such allegations are either misinformed about the IGP’s residence security or are acting out of mischief.

“The entire neighborhood of the IG’s residence is fortified, safe, and secure against such breaches,” Adejobi asserted. “If, hypothetically, such an event had occurred, the focus would be on detained policemen, not a ring of armed robbers.”

He reassured the public that the Nigeria Police Force remains dedicated to justice and the rule of law, ensuring all suspects are treated according to due process. He urged the public to disregard the false narratives being spread by certain publishers and their agents.

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