The police in Abuja have arrested an ex-convict, Peter James, 25 and his accomplice, Obadiah Danjuma, 29, for allegedly snatching a mobile handset from a resident.
James had just concluded his jail term at Keffi prison on July 18 in connection with a similar offence.
The Federal Capital Territory Police spokesman, Anjuguri Manzah said in a statement on Tuesday that the suspects were nabbed during separate police operations at Arewa Junction and Wuse market on Friday.
He stated that police operatives attached to Wuse Division on duty at Arewa junction pursued and arrested the suspects at a canal while trying to escape with a Samsung Note 8 Duos phone that was snatched from their victim.
The statement read, “The suspects were arrested at the canal after their attempt to escape with the phone was foiled by eagle-eyed police operatives.
“The phone has been recovered from one of the arrested suspects identified as Obadiah Danjuma.
“It is important to also state that the second suspect, Peter James, is an ex-convict who has just concluded his jail term at Keffi prison on July 18 in connection with a similar offence.”
Investigation is ongoing after which the suspects will be charged to court, the police said and advised the owner of the recovered phone to contact the Police Public Relations Officer with proof of ownership to claim it.
Similarly, operatives attached to Wuse Division on Monday arrested one Musa Mohammed, 20, of Mabushi for stealing a phone at Wuse market.
Following his arrest, a victim came up to identify the suspect as one of the three persons who used dangerous weapons to inflict injuries on him before robbing him of his phone and the sum of N4000.The police stated that efforts were being intensified to arrest the fleeing suspects.