•Parade 37 bandits, criminals terrorising N’West, N’Central
The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has arrested five suspects in connection with the ambush, attack and killings of seven Police personnel on duty at Galadimawa, Abuja on July 2, 2018.
The Force Public Relations Officer (PRO), Moshood Jimoh, disclosed this on Friday in Suleija, Niger State while parading the 37 bandits, cattle rustlers and criminals operating in kaduna, Minna, Tegina, Birnin-Gwari – Funtua axis of Kaduna, Niger and Zamfara States.
Jimoh said the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris had on July 3, set-up a team of Specialized Crack Investigation Detectives, Police Scene of Crime Experts and Technical Intelligence Unit of the Force to investigate the ambush attack.
He stressed that the Panel are to ensure that those responsible are arrested and prosecuted.
“Arrests of some suspects in connection to the crime have been made and investigation is in progress in the case,” he said.
On the arrest of 37 criminals terrorising parts of North West and North Central, Jimoh said this is as a result of the unrelenting in the implementation and enforcement of strategies to ensure safety and adequate protection of travellers and people living in those communities.
As a result, he said the crime prevention and detection operations of the Force have been strengthened with additional Police Personnel and needed logistics by the IGP to proactively tackle the menace of Kidnappings, armed robberies, Trans-border Car Snatching and other violent crimes throughout the country.
He said the Commander of the IGP Special Tactical Squad (STS) and his personnel under the Operation Absolute Sanity stormed and raided some identified kidnappers den, camps, Blackspot and Criminal hideouts in the forests located in Kaduna, Minna, Tegina, Birnin gwari – Funtua within Kaduna, Niger and Zamfara States successfully smashed six notorious gangs.
He said the operations led to the arrest of the 37 suspects in the act of kidnapping and collection of ransom, adding that some of their victims names withheld were rescued from their captivity unhurt and were reunited with their families.
The Force PRO said some of the suspects were also arrested for armed robberies, multiple cars snatching and crossing them to Niger Republic and other neighbouring countries. He said six of the suspects were killed during exchange of fire between the Police team and the suspected kidnappers/bandits.
Speaking further, Jimoh said that all the suspects arrested confessed to the crime and admitted to the various roles they played in the commission of these capital offences.
“They will be arraigned in Court on completion of investigation. However, investigation is being intensified to arrest other suspects at large,” he said.
Jimoh listed the firts criminal gang suslected to be kidnappers and armed robbers include: Isah Auta, 30 years gang leader; Jibrin Haruna aka Jibril, 21 years; Jibrin Mohammed, 24 years; Shehu Mohammed, 22 years; Mohammadu Farida, 35 years; and Abubakar Ahmed, 30 years.He said rhe second gan comprises of suspected trans-border car snatchers include: Sale Ahmes aka Toro, 28 years gang leader; Yusuf Hassan, 24 years; Yusuf Hassan Sokolo, 53 years; and Isah Sani, 54 years.
The third gang are said to specialisr in kidnap for ransom, armed robbery and murder. They are accused of being responsible for the kidnap and killing of late Alhaji Kadiri Maigogi and the membership are: Mohammed Bello aka Beture, 20 years gang leader; Bello Hassan aka Bekolo, 20 years; Abubakar Jasiri, 19 years; Tambaya Abdulahi, 29 years; Shehu Suleman, 24 years; and Mohammed Isah, 21 years.
The fourth gang made up of suspected cattle rustlers and kidnap for ransom criminals include: Ayuba Sale, 49 years as the gang leader; Timothy Peter, 26 years; Abubakar Sadiq, 29 years; Emmanuel Garba, 32 years; Dahiru Sule, 28 years; and Nanfon Dalil, 19 years.
He also listed the fifth gang of suspected vicious armed robbers with an amputer as their armourer to include: Abdulrahaman Mohammed, 19 years gang leader; Sani Yahaya, 27 years Armourer; Rabiu Adamu, 20 years; John Mathew, 30 years; El-Amin Ahmed Ahmed, 20 years; and Shamsudeen Bala, 18 years.
The Police Spokesman also named the sixth gang of armed robbers, possession of prohibited firearms and receiving of robbed properties to include: Abdulahi Usman, 72 years gang leader; Salisu Haruna, 54 years; Arma Yau Yakubu, 45 years; Patrick Solomon, 29 years; Sadiq Ashaja, 42 years; Yusuf Alhasan, 35 years; Ismaila Sani, 49 years; Alabi Surajo, 24 years; and Ja’faru Alhaji.
Jimoh listed the exhibits recovered from the gangs to include: four Pump Action rifles, three AK47 guns, turee single barrel guns, two dane guns, 65 AK47 live ammunition, 17 exotic vehicles of different makes, 15 cattle and 80 sheep.
Meanwhile, the Police Spokesman said Idris has also directed the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGs) and Commissioners of Police (CPs) in the zones and State commands across the country to beef up security in their Area of Responsibilities (AOR).
He said the AIGs and CPs are also instructed to ensure massive deployment of Armed Police Personnel, Patrol Teams and undercover operatives to black spots, flash points and other vulnerable criminal spots to nip in the bud all forms of crimes and criminality nationwide.
“They are also to make sure that the prevention and detection of crimes are prompt to serve as effective deterrent to who-will-be criminal,” he added.
He said the renewed commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to reduce crimes and criminalities in the country to the barest remains unequivocal and unwavering.