17 suspects were arrested by men of the Sokoto state police command over armed robbery, kidnapping and other criminal activities in the state.
The arrest was confirmed by the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Kamaldeen Okunlola, who disclosed this on Thursday, March 18 in Sokoto.
According to him, the command on March 4, arrested one Jabbi Wanto, over criminal conspiracy and kidnapping of two persons in Tamba Garka village of Wurno Local Government Area of the state.
“The people of the village reported that on March 4, at about 3 a.m unknown bandits in large number invaded their houses and kidnapped two persons to unknown destination.
“The villagers mobilised themselves and followed the bandits where the victims were rescued and Wanto was arrested, who during investigation confessed to have conspired with one Dari Digyal and Umaru Laka both of Wurno LGA, and now at large,” he said.
“The command had arrested one Abubakar Yusuf, who threatened one Shamsu Goronyo to produce money or else they will kill him or kidnap one of his family members.
“Also arrested was one Abdullahi Mode, who was reported to have led unknown bandits to invade a house in Tangaza Local Government Area, beat the resident and dispossessed him of N500,000.
“The command had also arrested Umaru Buda and Bello Bameri over an attacked by group of armed bandits at Gidan Buwai village in Rabah LGA, where the villagers and police officers attacked the bandits, killed three and recovered one AK47 rifle with four rounds of live ammunition,”
The police had arrested no fewer than eight members of a suspected syndicate of handset snatchers, who took advantage of recent Maulud celebration to snatch 24 different handsets from some members of the public that came for the celebration.
All the suspects will be charged to court according to law, while calling on residents for maximum support to aid security agencies in addressing all criminal challenges.
“We cannot do it alone, people must not neglect what is happening around them. We need credible information on the activities of these blood-sucking elements to enable the police serve the public better,”
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