From Our Correspondent – Gusau
The Zamfara State Police Commissioner CP Kolo Yusuf has continued to sustain an onslaught against the activities of criminal elements across the state. Since the onslaught commenced last year it had resulted in the unprecedented arrest of over two hundred and fifty suspects for banditry-related cases, as well as recovery of arms and ammunition ranging from AK 47, AK 49, Rocket launchers, RPGs, GPMGs, Lar and other caliber of sophisticated rifles.
These efforts have helped tremendously in stabilizing the security of Zamfara which was hitherto worrisome and disturbing.
Below are some of the recent achievements recorded by the Command.
Police Tactical operatives on confidence building patrol along Tsafe – Munhaye forest, acted on intelligence report and conducted a rigorous patrol/stop and search with view to arresting some gun runners who were on their way to Munhaye forest to supply Arms and Ammunition to the bandits. The gun runners on noticing the Police presence abandoned the sack containing the Arms and Ammunition and fled into the thick forest. The Police operatives while on a spot search, recovered the above-mentioned exhibits. Drag net has been sprayed to arrest the fleeing hoodlums
Also on 24th January 2023, Police detectives acted based on a complaint by one Abubakar Lawali ‘M’ of Talata Mafara LGA. That on the same date, while at the Zenith Bank ATM Gallery Talata branch, the above-mentioned suspects conspired and defrauded him the sum of one million Naira (N1, 000,000) by withdrawing same from his account through a POS operator via his ATM Card. According to the complainant, the suspects succeeded in their action when they offered to help him to make a withdrawal when he could not make the transactions due to network problems. They collected his ATM card and deceitfully withdrew the money from POS operator. In the course of interrogation, all the suspects confessed to the crime and further stated how they carried out similar fraud at different banks in Kano, Kaduna, Katsina and Zamfara States respectively. The sum of One Million Naira (N1, 000,000) cash belonging to the complainant and a suspected Honda Accord Anaconda Vehicle were recovered from them as exhibits. Discreet investigation is in progress with a view to arresting other members of their gang and charging them to court for prosecution.
Spokesman of the command SP Shehu Mohammed in a statement to The SUPREME added that, on Tuesday, 24th January, 2023 Police detectives acted on an intelligence report and arrested the above-mentioned suspects who were both residing in Bela village under Bungudu LGA. The suspects before their arrest were part of a criminal syndicate that gave information to Bandits and also supplied all form of dried leaves suspected to be Indian helm and other dangerous drugs. Their actions have continued to aggravate Attacks, Kidnapping and killing of innocent people of Bungudu, Kaura Namoda and Birnin Magaji LGAs by the bandits.
Shehu also disclosed that on Monday 23rd January 2023, Police operatives based on an intelligence report arrested the above-mentioned suspect. The suspect has been a member of a criminal syndicate that has been operating in Kaduna, Zamfara, and other Neighbouring states.
In the course of the Police investigation, the suspect confessed that, on several occasions, he and other members of their gang participated in the Kidnapping of an unspecified number of people and collected millions of Naira as ransom from the relations of the victims. He also confessed to having rustled an unspecified number of cows and sheep. The suspect will be charged to Court for prosecution as soon as the investigation is completed.
Again on Sunday 22nd January, 2023, Police detectives acted on a complaint from the one Kasimu Abdullahi ‘m’ of of Anka arrested the above-mentioned suspect for criminal conspiracy and attempted Culpable Homicide against the complainant. While the investigation was ongoing, the suspect was equally identified by the family members of the late Abdullahi Nakwada for allegedly killing their father sometime in 2022. The ongoing investigation revealed that the suspect was among the members of the outlawed group known as “Yansakai” who have been taking laws into their hands by intercepting and killing people and sometimes rustling their animals on suspicion of see being criminals without informing the police or any constituted authority. Efforts are being intensified to arrest his gang members and charge them to court for prosecution.
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