KEBBI State Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Magaji-Kontagora, has again appealed to members of the public to see fighting crimes as a collective responsibility by assisting the police and other security agencies with prompt information that will aid them in reducing crimes to the barest minimum in the state.
Magaji-Kontagora made the appeal at the State Police Command headquarters while parading suspected criminals with various offences before newsmen in Birnin Kebbi.
The CP said one Bashiru Sani of Helende village in Argungu Local Government Area of the state was arrested for being in possession of N316,000 counterfeit naira notes. The money was in N 1,000 denomination.
“In the course of investigation, the principal suspect, one Samaila Umar (25)yrs of Argungu Local Government Area, who printed the counterfeit currency via computer desktop was also arrested,” he said.
The two, he said, would be prosecuted accordingly.
Magaji-Kontagora added that the police also arrested one Ahmed Ibrahim of Kasuwar Gari area of Sakaba Local Government Area for rape and being in possession of criminal charm.
He said the suspect deceitfully took a 14-year-old girl to one Naziru Muhammd (52), where he criminally charmed and had carnal knowledge of her almost seven times.
Magaji-Kontagora said the girl got pregnant and that the case would be charged to court accordingly.
Also on the 11th October, 2022, at about 1400hrs, the CP said one Muntari Abubakar ‘m’ of Jega LGA, Kebbi State, reported that on the 7th August, 2022, while on transit from Lagos to the northern part of the country, unknown persons numbering about ten, attacked him between Bega to Toll gate and collected the sum of ten thousand naira (N10,000) cash and one Tecno cell phone from him. He was later rescued by a team of policemen on patrol.
Subsequently, on the 15th August, 2022, while at home, he went to Union Bank, Jega, to withdraw some money, but discovered that the sum of nine million, seven hundred thousand naira (N9,700,000) had been withdrawn from his bank account and transferred into different bank accounts.
On receipt of the report, the CP said a team of detectives swung into action and succeeded in arresting one Abu Oladeji Babatunde ‘m’ aged 30yrs, at Ogun State. In the course of investigation, one Abraham Osi Richard ‘m’ aged 35yrs and Ibrahim Yaya ‘m’ aged 30yrs, were also arrested in connection with the case at Lagos State.
The Police Commissioner said investigation into the case is in progress and the suspects will be charged to court accordingly.
The CP advised all the political actors in the campaigns towards the 2023 general election to subsume their campaigns within the extant legal frameworks, avoid actions or speeches that could inflame the political order and cooperate with the police in their drive to guarantee a peaceful electioneering period.