From Our Correspondent – Gusau
Zamfara Police Command has arrested seven suspects for offences related to banditry, arms supply, intimidation to extortion. The command also rescued 15 kidnapped victims after 50 days in captivity.
The suspects are; Jamilu Mohammed of Gadar Manya village, Zayyanu Barmo ‘ of Manya Babba village
Abubakar Usman of Mandau Village
Lauwali Girkau ‘of Girkau village and
Sala Girkau of Girkau village as well as Abubakar Yahaya of Tungar Mani Village All in Anka LGA.
The police recovered N700,000 as part of levies they collected from the villages
On 29th November, 2022 at about 1615hrs, Police Tactical operatives have arrested 6 Suspects who pretend as bandits to place levies on their host communities. As a result, they collected millions of Naira through a bank account they created for this purpose.
In the course of the investigation, all the suspects confessed to the crime and further stated that part of their criminal activities was to send a threatening message to the villages asking to contribute and pay money to them or face attack. They further confessed of receiving millions of Naira from five different communities. The discreet investigation led to the recovery of the sum of Seven hundred thousand Naira as part of levies they collected from the affected villages. Effort is being made to make further arrest and recovery before being charged to court for prosecution.
Meanwhile, the command has also arrested one Game Abdulkahu of Madachi village in Katsina Stare who is believed to be arms supplier to bandits.
Spokesman of Zamfara police command, SP Mohammed Shehu confirming the stories to The SUPREME in a statement, said on 29th November, 2022 Police Tactical Operatives acted on intelligence information and arrested the above-mentioned female suspect. The female suspect is a notorious Gunrunner that specializes in transporting Arms and Ammunition to a notorious bandit kingpin Known as Dawa. The said bandit kingpin has been a notorious bandit leader terrorising the innocent people of Zamfara and neighbouring states. The suspect confessed to her involvement in the crime. The investigation is in progress.
Police Tactical Operatives in collaboration with Vigilante acted on intelligence information regarding the abduction of 15 victims by bandits terrorists at Dike village in Funtua LGA of Katsina State.
The Police operatives on receiving the intelligence information mobilized to the location and conducted a search and rescue operation at Sabon Garin Dustin Kaura forest in Danjibga district of Tsafe LGa. The rescue operation was successfully conducted, leading to the rescue of the victims Hale and Hearty.
The victims were taken to the hospital for a medical check, debriefed by the Police detectives, and handed over to their families.
The Commissioner of Police, CP Kolo Yusuf while commending the Police operatives and vigilante for the successful rescue operation, congratulates the victims for regaining their freedom, and reiterates the Command’s continuous determination to rid the state of criminal activities and apprehend criminal elements committing heinous crimes across the state.