The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command yesterday said it has commenced raids on all dark spots in the nation’s capital including uncompleted and abandoned buildings to rid them of criminal elements.
The command’s spokesperson, Deputy Superintendent of Police, DSP, Hyelhira Altine Daniel, who made this known during a chat with journalists, said the daily raids start by11pm and end around 3am.
She said the raids were usually led by the Commissioner of Police, Femi Ogunbayode, to make it more effective.
She also stated that more than 90 suspected criminals have been arrested and charged to court since the raids began while various types of dangerous weapons and illicit drugs were recovered.
The places raided according to DSP Daniel, include Mabushi, Jahi, Gishiri and other criminal hideouts where about 200 suspects were arrested but those found innocent after investigations, were promptly released.
“All the uncompleted buildings in Lento Aluminum, Jabi Upstairs, Lugbe, Garki, Gaduwa and Apo were also raided and during the raids, dangerous weapons such as knives, dane guns, cutlasses, axes, large amounts of Indian hemp were recovered.
“The purpose of the raid was not to harass or extort money from the general public but to make sure that the city is rid of criminal activities. We concentrated on areas criminals hide such as uncompleted buildings, mechanic garages, abandoned houses and isolated places that could harbour criminals. We recently discovered that people also stay inside abandoned vehicles in mechanic workshops to perpetuate heinous crimes,” she stated.
The FCT police image maker said henceforth the command would monitor abandoned cars left at mechanic workshops around the city just as she urged residents to monitor uncompleted buildings in their vicinity and the activities going on there so as to help curb crime.