The police at Mabushi on Thursday afternoon raided Angwan Cement area of Mabushi and recovered a pistol and six rounds of live ammunitions.
The police also arrested a 30-year-old man Bashiru Ahmed, who was in possession of weapons and drugs.
Mabushi divisional police officer, Superintendent Stanley Imo, who confirmed the arrest, said the area remains a dangerous zone despite the fact that the place was recently demolished by the officials of the Abuja Environment Protection Board (AEPB). He said the hoodlums have started erecting structures at the area for keeping their weapons after the demolition.
He described Bashiru Ahmed as a notorious armed robber in the area, adding that he has confessed to various crimes committed in the area.
"We were shocked to recover a pistol and six rounds of live ammunition when we raided the area. Not having enough man power and patrol van will not stop us from fighting the criminals; we are fighting them and we will make sure that lives and properties of Mabushi residents are protected," he added.
In an interview, the suspect, Bashiru Ahmed, confessed that he picked pockets and robbed people in Area1 and Mabushi areas.
"When I don't rob with dangerous weapons, I pretend to be an 'agbero' calling passengers at the park and as well targeting my victims and rob them. Sometimes, I also pretend to be helping passengers to pack their luggage and in the process run away with them. After getting the money, I use it to buy Indian hemp or sleep with prostitutes. Life is short and I enjoy it to the fullest, I don't see myself committing any crime because those in government steal the money meant to take care of our welfare," he stated.
Our reporter learnt that the police in the area also arrested a 10-year-old boy addict with illicit drugs but was cautioned and released.