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Zamfara Police Arrests Notorious Kidnappers, Rescued 200 Victims


Zamfara Police Arrests Notorious   Kidnappers, Rescued 200 Victims

Zamfara State police command said, it has arrested several suspected notorious kidnapers, and rescued over 200 victims. The said, it also recovered Fabricated AK 47 Rifle

The state Commissioner of Police (CP) Ayuba Elkanaj who gave breakdown of his achievements within one month of assumption through his spokesman SP Mohammed Shehu on October 2, 2021 disclosed that, synergy with other security agencies has tremendously reduced banditry in the state.

He said, “as a result of the security agencies commitment and sacrifice, tremendous achievements have been recorded by each of the security agencies”.

He added that several kidnapping attempts were forestalled, while food and drugs suppliers to the bandits were arrested.

According to him, “The police through the ongiong operation also succeeded in the arrest of twenty one (21) notorious armed bandits at various locations of the state, five bandits were also neutralized during the operations. Police equally repelled four different attacks with many bandits suffered heavy casualties.

“Similarly, over two hundred kidnapped victims were rescued at various locations, debriefed and reunited with their families.”

He added that, apart from the achievements of other security agencies in the state, the following arrest and recoveries mostly bandits collaborators were made by zamfara state Police Command and will be showcased to the press for onward transmission to the members of the public.

Giving detailed breakdown, he said, on 29th September, 2021, Police Tactical operatives deployed along magarya and yan Buki axis in Zurmi LGA arrested two suspected bandits, namely; Abdullahi Mohammed and Jabiru Adamu. The suspects were arrested while coming out from a location where bandits Camp are located. During interrogation, one of the suspect Abdullahi Mohammed confessed to be hired all the way from Adamawa State by a bandit kingpin herbanating at Yar Galadima forest in Dansadau emirate. His revelations are assisting police investigation across the state to conduct an extensive operation against the recalcitrant bandits.

Some suspects he added, broke into the provision store of one Alh. Umar Isah ‘M’ of old market area Gusau and stole the sum of Four Million naira (#4,000,000) cash. Police operatives on extensive crime prevention patrol within Gusau metropolis were alerted on the incident. They quickly swung into action and arrested six (6) suspects in connection with the crime as stated above. During preliminary interrogation, all the suspects confessed to have committed the offence. However, the sum of one Million one hundred and ninety thousand naira was recovered from them as part of the stolen money. Discreet investigation is in progress at the State CIID with a view to arresting members of their gang, and then charge to court for prosecution.

In a related development, on18th September, 2021, a local Vigilante group on surveillance patrol at the outskirt of Shinkafi town intercepted three out of six suspects and handed them over to the police for discreet investigation. In the course of interrogation, the three suspects earlier arrested namely:-Samaila Ibrahim, Isah Usman and Nafi’u Muhammed confessed to be bandits. While other three suspects who were mentioned in the case denied their involvement. Discreet investigation is in progress, and all the suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigation is completed.

Police operatives on enforcement of new security measures duty acted on intelligence information and arrested the above named suspect with four Jerri cans of Diesel which were purchased from Kaduna State and were to be supplied to the bandits at their camp. Further intelligence revealed that the suspect was the one who went to the bandits Camp and installed a Generator that is using Diesel. Hence, access to fuel by bandits become difficult. The communities also accused him of being an informant of the bandits on who is to be abducted, attacked and killed. Investigation is in progress at the state CIID with a view to arresting other members of his gang.

Again he disclosed that on 29th September, 2021, Police operatives stationed at Yankara border in Tsafe LGA, and also mandated to enforce the new security measures, acted on reliable information and arrested Bilyaminu Usman carrying a bag of maize which was purchased at Yankara Market in Katsina State, and was to be taken to the bandits in the bush. When interrogated, he confessed to have purchased the maize at Yankara Market in Katsina State and deliver it to unidentified person at Wanzamai Village. While the second suspect Abbas Garba was arrested on information that he cooks food and taken it to the bandits in the bush which contravenes the new security measures of the state Government on illegal transportation and supply of food items in and out of the state. Suspects are being profiled at the state CIID for further arrest and pro Police operatives on enforcement of new security measures duty at fegin area Tsafe, acted on intelligence report from the communities and arrested Jafaru Ahmed in possession with the above named Exhibits which were to be supplied to bandits in the bush. During interrogation, the suspects confessed to have been fraternizing with the bandits by supplying drugs and other essential commodities to the bandits enclaves. He further indicted the two suspects now arrested as his partners in crime. Discreet investigation is in progress with a view to effecting. further breakthrough.

Also on 16th September, 2021, Some unscrupulous elements who are sabotaging the effort of His Excellecy and the security agencies to restore lasting peace in the state went to an IDPS camp and residence of the former SSG in Maru and set the two places ablaze. The suspects also used the opportunity and looted the properties belonging to the IDPS and the former SSG. On receipt of the report, police swung into action and arrested the above mention suspects and equally recovered the above exhibits. All the suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigation is completed

Yet on 27th September, 2021, Police operatives attached to Bungudu Division on Tactical stop and search duty along Bungudu- Gusau road acted on intelligence information and intercepted a Golf vehicle, Black in color with registration number GUS-864- XA driven by the suspect from Sokoto to Gusau. On reaching police Tactical point at Bungudu, the vehicle was stopped for search. In the process, a passenger who was suspected to own the above exhibits escaped through the door of the vehicle into the bush. The vehicle was properly searched and above mentioned exhibits which were to be taken to the bandits at Dansadau forest recovered. The driver of the vehicle is undergoing discreet investigation at the State CIID.

Again on 29th September, 2021, Police operatives in collaboration with a joint Task force for the enforcement of new security measures acted on intelligence report and arrested the above named suspect in possession with two different bags containing hard drugs which were to be supplied to bandits in the forest. In the course of interrogation, the suspect confessed to be bandits collaborator who has been supplying drugs to various bandits enclaves in the state. Suspect had since been charged to court and he is now in prison facility.

In a related development on 26th September, 2021, unknown people suspected to be outlawed group also known as “Yansakai” armed themselves with a locally fabricated Ak-47 rifle, cutlasses and charms, blocked Chakal and Birnin Magaji road and attacked one Yahaya Hassan age 35years ‘M’ of Mai Kuru Village via Birnin Magaji LGA, inflicted machete cuts on his body which resulted to his death. The police operatives of the Command acted on intelligence report and intercepted twelve suspects in connection with the crime. During interrogation the suspects confessed to have conspired in killing the victim. Suspects have been charged to court and they are in prison custody

He said in another development on Friday 1st October, 2021, at about the DPO of Tudun WADA Division and his tactical operatives acted on intelligence report and stormed the House of the suspect located at Saminaka area Gusau and arrested him in connection with harboring bandits and other criminal elements in his house. Intelligence further revealed that the suspect had been harboring notorious bandit who has been terrorizing both Bungudu and Gusau LGA. Recently, a bandits sustained gunshot injuries and rushed to the house of the suspect, until he got medical treatment and left to the forest. The suspect is being profiled by the police with view to arrest his gang members.




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