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Killings: Police nab 35 armed bandits in Zamfara state

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• Parade 8 suspected killers of Prof. Idris, others in Kaduna-Abuja road
•Say normalcy has returned to troubled areas

Jude Johnson
The Nigerian Police Force (NPF) stated that normalcy has returned to Zamfara State with the arrest of 35 bandits.
It also nabbed and paraded eight criminal gang suspected to be behind the the kidnappings along the Abuja-Kaduna-Kano Expressway and the killing of a former commissioner in Katsina State, Prof. Halimatu Sadia Idris on July 22, 2018.
The Force Public Relations Officer (PRO), DCP Jimoh Moshood, in a statement on Tuesday, said the suspects were also involved in  armed robbery attack on Prof. Mohammed Khalid Othman, Director National Agricultural Research Extensions and Liaison Services, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, and the Kidnap of Rahinatu Shehu ‘F’ 51yrs, Aisha Sani ‘F’ 23yrs and her Seven Months old Baby at their residence in Mararaba Guga town, Giwa LGA along Kaduna-Zaria road.Moshood said the success was recorded after the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris,  directed a discreet investigation into the incidents and the arrest of perpetrators to bring them to justice.

He said as part of measures to restore safety and normalcy on the Abuja-Kaduna, and Kaduna-Kano Highways, Idris ordered additional deployments of Police personnel and vehicular patrol teams to re-gird Operation Absolute Sanity to rid the routes of these bandits and hoodlums.

He also said that all Police Mobile Force (PMF) Units of the PMF Squadrons in MOPOL 1 Kaduna, MOPOL 47 Zaria and MOPOL 61 Kafanchan on special duties outside the State have been ordered by the IGP to return back to Kaduna State to beef-up security in the State, particularly on Kaduna-Abuja highway, Kaduna-Zaria-Kano, Kaduna-BirninGwari-Zamfara- Funtua-Zamfara highway and other flash points in the State.

Against this backdrop, Moshood said the IGP Intelligence Response Team (IRT) working on reliable intelligence embarked on massive raid of identified kidnappers dens, hideouts and black spots on Kaduna-Abuja, Kaduna-Zaria-Kano highways.

“The IGP Intelligence Response Team (IRT) personnel engaged the bandits in a shootout that lasted several hours and at the end effect the arrest of the eight suspects and recovered from them the listed exhibits. Six  of their victims were rescued from captivities,” he said.

He said all the suspects confessed to the various criminal roles they played in the commission of the crimes.

The Force PRO noted that investigation is in progress and effort is being intensified to arrest other suspects still at large, and that they will all be arraigned in court on completion of investigation.

On Zamfara State, Moshood said normalcy has been restored with additional deployments of Police personnel after the attack on Kodi Village in Zurmi Local Government Area (LGA) on July 24, 2018 where four people were killed.

He said the Force is already embarking on Police Crime Prevention, Visibility and Confidence Building Patrols.

According to Mosh2, the people in the affected Villages have started returning to their homes.

“35 Bandits have been arrested in connection with the recent attacks in some villages in Zamfara State.

” Six ( AK47 Rifles, 15 Locally Fabricated Guns, 183 AK47 Ammunition, Seven  Live cartridges were recovered from the Bandits,” he stated.

He  said all the suspects have made useful statements to the Police investigators and confessed to the killings in the affected villages.

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