Zamfara State Police Command has arrested and paraded sixteen suspects for various offences, ranging from banditry, cattle rustling, kidnapping, culpable homicide, armed robbery, car snatching and other related offences.
The command under the leadership of CP Kolo Yusuf said it is working tirelessly to ensure that the vision and mission of the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba to restore peace and stability in the State is achieved.
“To this end, the Commissioner of Police’s new crime fighting strategies are yielding positive result and are currently curtailing the lingering insecurity bedeviling Zamfara State for over a decade”, he added.
According to the statement, the State police command, through its operatives recovered two AK-47 rifles during an encounter with the bandits in some locations in the State.
“Between Friday, 11th to Monday, 14th November, 2022, Police Tactical Operatives deployed to some locations that are prone to bandits’ attack under Dansadau Emirate of the State received distress call about plans by bandits to attack the communities.
“The operatives responded promptly and moved to the location with a view to repelling the attack, whereby a serious gun battle ensued between the bandits and operatives.
“Fortunately, the attack was repelled forcing the hoodlums to flee into the forest with possible gunshot wounds. Two (2) AK-47 rifles with thirty five (35) rounds of live ammunition and some bunch of charms belonging to the bandits were recovered at the scene,” he said.
Continuing, the commissioner said that the operatives arrested two for kidnappings and cattle rustling in some parts of Bukkuyum Local Government Area of the State.
He gave the names of the suspects as Sujora Almade, a 20-year-old man from Bungudu Local Government Area and Bags Mohammed, 40-year-old.
“Within the week under review, Police Tactical Operatives while on confidence building patrol along Gusau – Funtua road, acted on intelligence information that led to the arrest of a notorious bandits’ kingpin named Sujora Almandawi as one of the bandits terrorizing villages in Tsafe, Kotorkoshi, Damba and some outskirts of Gusau.
“Further intelligence information revealed that the suspect was involved in several attacks on villages, cattle rustling, kidnapping and other related crimes along these routes.
“In the course of interrogation, the suspect confessed to serial kidnapping and cattle rustling in more than Ten (10) Communities in Gusau, Tsafe and Bungudu LGAs, where they collected millions of Naira from the relations of victims as ransom. The suspect further confessed of rustling unspecified number of cows.
“In the case of Bage Mohammed, the suspect was arrested by the joint Police and Vigilante while on confidence building patrol along Anka – Bukkuyum road.
“The arrest was sequel to intelligence report received about the suspect and his involvement in the attack of some villages in Bukkuyum and kidnapping of 11 persons in Dargaji village.
“In the course of investigation, the suspect confessed to several attacks, kidnappings and rustling of unspecified number of cows and sheep in some parts of Anka, Bukkuyum and Gummi LGAs. The suspect is currently assisting the Police with useful information for more arrest and recovery,” he disclosed.
Speaking further, the commissioner stated that the command smashed an armed robbery syndicate that operates within Abuja, Kaduna and other States.
He gave the names of the suspects as Mohammed Sani 22 , Bello Abdulahi, 35 and Magaji Adamu, 28, saying that they would be arraigned before a court of competent jurisdiction.