Not less than 16 suspects have landed in the police custody over their alleged involvement in coordinated attacks on security operatives and facilities across the country.
A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Mr Frank Mba disclosed the development on Sunday in Abuja.
He explained that the police apprehended the suspects after months of painstaking efforts in collaboration with the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Air Force.
The police arrested the suspects in different parts of the country with evidence of their involvement in attacks on security operatives.
Part of the statement read, “Twelve of the suspects were implicated, during Police investigation, in multiple felonies committed across several states in the South-Eastern part of the federation.
“Investigation showed that two of the suspects were among the criminal elements that attacked Policemen on duty at a checkpoint on Dec. 24, 2020 along Orlu-Ihiala Road in Imo.”
The statement quoted the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu as vowing to prosecute any individual or group found attacking security operatives across the country.
The police recovered several weapons from the suspects including nine AK47 rifles, five other sophisticated firearms, and 17 AK47 magazines.
Others were 549 AK47 live ammunition, 10 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), camouflage bulletproof vests, walkie-talkies, and other incriminating items.