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Police arrest seven bandits’ informants, 19 suspected armed robbers and recover 13 stolen vehicles in Katsina

Aug 31, 2022

The Katsina State Police Command has arrested 19 suspected armed robbers and recovered 13 stolen vehicles. 

 

The Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Idris Dauda-Dabban, disclosed this while parading the suspects at the command headquarters on Wednesday, August 31, 2022. 

 

According to the CP, the 19 suspects belong to a criminal syndicate that specialised in house breaking, armed robbery and theft of vehicles.

 

Police arrest seven bandits

 

The police boss disclosed that the command also smashed a syndicate of informants to bandits, terrorists, armed robbers, kidnappers and arrested seven suspects.

 

The suspects, who have been reportedly been terrorizing Danja Local Government Area of the state and its environs were arrested based on credible intelligence on August 8th, 2022. 

 

“It will be recall that recently, residents especially of the Katsina metropolitan area, were bedeviled with the activities of a syndicate that specialized in house breaking, armed robbery and theft of motor vehicles,” the CP stated.

 

“The Command did not rest on its oars but launched a manhunt for the dare devil criminals and to God be the glory it has succeeded in cracking down the syndicates terrorizing the state. A total of NINETEEN (19) suspected members of the syndicate including their ring leader were arrested and THIRTEEN (13) suspected stolen motor vehicles were recovered by the Command. The details are hereby summarized below:

 

Police arrest seven bandits

 

“On 31/07/2022 at about 2330hrs, the syndicate broke and attacked the residence of one Nura Lawal, ‘M’, of Modoji Quarters, GRA, Katsina, with a gun and other weapons, robbed him of his Motor vehicle, Toyota, Corolla L.E., 2010 model, with registration number ABJ 836 HC, ash in colour, valued three million, five hundred naira (N3,500,000:00K), cash the sum of three hundred and forty thousand naira (N340,000:00K) and clothes

 

“In the course of investigation, one of the suspects, Musa Isah, ‘M’, aged 35yrs of Behind Tourists Lodge, Katsina was accosted by police with the said motor vehicle at Kazaure, Jigawa state and the stolen clothes were also recovered inside the vehicle. After due and diligent investigation, the duo of Abdullahi B. Mahmud, ‘M’, aged 35yrs and Babayo Abdulkadir, ‘M’, aged 32yrs, both of Bauchi Township, Bauchi state, were arrested as receivers of stolen motor vehicles from Katsina

 

“Four fake transaction receipts/Invoices and stamps used in issuing to unsuspecting buyers as genuine documents, were recovered. Further investigation, also led to the arrest of two other members of the syndicate, one (1) Ibrahim Musa, ‘M’, aged 45yrs and (2) Nura Isa Lawal, ‘M’, aged 42yrs of Jos, Plateau state

 

“In the course of investigation, three (3) suspected stolen motor vehicles were also recovered in their possession; two (2) Toyota, Corolla L. E., unregistered, one with registration number JJN 315 AG, red in colour, belonging to one Reverend Blessing Geoffrey of Assemblies of God Church, Katsina and a Peugeot 206 model, blue in colour, with registration number KTU 938 AC. Equally another gang member of the syndicate, one Muhammed Ibrahim Lawal a.k.a “ABBA KALA”, ‘M’, aged 30yrs of Daura but residing at Behind Tourists Lodge Quarters, Katsina, was arrested with a suspected stolen motor vehicle, and which is used as their operational vehicle, a Black Mercedes car with registration number KWR 93 NT

 

Police arrest seven bandits

 

“It can also be recalled that on 11/08/2022 at about 0530hrs, the said “ABBA KALA” led his gang of armed robbers and attacked the house of one Samaila Samaila, ‘M’, of Gidan Dawa Quarters, Katsina, with a gun and other dangerous weapons and robbed him of his motor vehicle Toyota, 2014 model, Camry, black in colour, with registration number KTN 183 DBA, valued five million, five hundred thousand naira, (N5,500,000:00K)

 

“In the course of investigation, the plate number of the said stolen Toyota, Camry, with reg. no. KTN 183 DBA was found insidde the boot of the black Mercedes.Bunches of motor vehicle keys, two machetes and house breaking implements were also recovered in his house. Suspect confessed to have masterminded several armed robbery attacks in Katsina and robbed many motor vehicles

 

“Furthermore, he mentioned one Nasiru Mumuda, ‘M’, aged 27yrs of Sheka Quarters, Kano to be his cohort and accomplice. Investigation is ongoing with a view to arresting other members of the syndicate and recover more stolen motor vehicles

 

“On 26/07/20222 at about 1500hrs, a distress call was received that a motor vehicle, Honda, Civic, 98 Model, red in colour, with registration number SDM 178 AA, belonging to one Salisu Abdullahi, ‘M’, of Sandamu LGA of Katsina state, was stolen at Daura Motel

 

“Police patrol team at Nakola, along Daura – Katsina road were alerted and the vehicle was intercepted. The duo of one Mubarak Lawal, ‘M’, aged 28yrs of Bakin Kasuwa Quarters, Daura and one Umar Salisu, ‘M’, aged 23yrs of Kofar Kaura Quarters, Katsina were accosted

 

“In the course of investigation suspect confessed to the crime and admitted to have specialized in stealing motor vehicles using fabricated keys. Two fabricated master keys were recovered in their possession during police search

 

“On 16/08/2022, based on credible intelligence, the Command succeeded in busting another syndicate of armed robbers and motor vehicles snatchers terrorizing Katsina and its environs. Nemesis caught up with the following suspects: (1) Zakariya’u Adamu, popularly known as Babangida Danjuma, alias BB, ‘M’, aged 25yrs of Behind KTTV Quarters, Katsina, (2) Sadiq Garba, alias Coper, ‘M’, aged 35yrs of Abukur village, Rimi LGA of Katsina state and (3) Aminu Lawan, alias entertainment, ‘M’, aged 30yrs of Layout Quarters, Katsina, when they were arrested in their hideout

 

“In the course of investigation, the following four (4) suspected stolen motor vehicles were recovered in their possession: (1) HONDA CRV, Ash in colour, unregistered (2) HONDA CIVIC, fish-eye, black in colour, unregistered, (3) HONDA UK, with registration number AP 954-YAB, Abuja, ash in colour (4) PEUGEOT 407, black in colour, with registration number KRD-264 GW, Lagos and other incriminating items such as house breaking implements, two cutlasses, master keys, handbag containing wrist watch, necklace and rings

 

“It can also be recall that, on 23/07/2022 at about 0430hrs, suspect Zakariya’u Babangida alias Babangida Danjuma, B.B., led his gang of armed robbers and attacked the business premises of one Hajiya Hadiza Sadi, ‘F’, aged 40yrs, at Goruba, GRA, Katsina and robbed her of assorted goods valued four million and two hundred thousand, (N4,200:00K). But due to the swift response of the Command, the hoodlums were repelled and their operational motor vehicle, Toyota Corolla, Golden in colour, with registration number BUU 706 RR, Plateau, was recovered at the scene loaded with the stolen goods. Also another plate number EE970 ABJ, Abuja was recovered at the boot of the said vehicle. In the course of investigation, suspects confessed to have participated in several armed robbery cases and theft of motor vehicles in the state. Investigation in ongoing

 

“On 07/08/2022 at about 1900hrs, acting on tip off, the Command succeeded in arresting the duo of one Murtal Sani, ‘M’, aged 29yrs of Na’ibawa Quarters, Kano state and Rabi’u Lawal, ‘M’, aged 53yrs of Kadawa village, Garun Mallam LGA of Kano state, in possession of a motor vehicle Golf III, Saloon, Black in colour, with registration number TRN-135 YZ, Kano, suspected to be stolen

 

“In the course of investigation suspects confessed to have stolen the motor vehicle from Na’ibawa Quarters, Kano. They also mentioned one Abba Gajere, ‘M’ of Kano state and Rabi’u Lawal, “M”, of Katsina (now at large) as their accomplices. The motor vehicles documents bearing the name of one Yahaya Suleiman of Layin Nagero, Yar’akwa Quarters, Na’ibawa was recovered inside the vehicle during police search. Investigation is ongoing

 

“On 19/08/2022, based on incredible intelligence, the Command succeeded in busting another syndicate of armed robbers and car thieves terrorizing the state

 

Nemesis caught up with following suspects: Usman Haruna, ‘M’, aged 32yrs of Shola Quarters, Katsina, Abdulaziz Muhammad, ‘M’, aged 32yrs of Karofi Quarters, Keffi, Nasarawa state, Mohammed Sanusi, ‘M’, aged 39yrs of Janya’u Tagabas Quarters, Gusau, Zamfara state, Aminu Maikano, ‘M’, aged 42yrs of Tsohuwa Kasuwa Quarters, Gusau, Zamfara state, Mustapha A. Garba, alias D.D., aged 50yrs of Green –Admin by pass area, Gusau, Zamfara state

 

ARREST/BUSTING OF SYNDICATE OF TERRORISTS AND INFORMANTS TO TERRORISTS/ARMED ROBBERS/KIDNAPPERS:

 

On 08/08/2022 at about 0800hrs, based on credible intelligence, the Command succeeded in busting/arresting a syndicate of terrorists, armed robbers and kidnappers terrorizing Danja LGA and its environs.

 

Nemesis caught up with the following suspects: Aliyu Ismail, ‘M’, aged 30yrs, Kabir Aminu, ‘M’, aged 26yrs, Shagari Abubakar, ‘M’, aged 28yrs, Umar Garba, ‘M’, aged22yrs, Sani Lawal, ‘M’, aged 30yrs, Murtala Abubakar, ‘M’, aged 25yrs, Basiru Abdullahi, ‘M’, aged 25yrs, all of Layin Kwari, Danja LGA

 

“Sometimes in June, 2022, the syndicate attacked the residence of one Abdullahi Muhammad, ‘M”, of Layin Kwari village, Danja LGA, and inflicted injuries on him. They equally kidnapped his wife and mother but were fortunately rescued while on their way into the forest by a combine teams of police and vigilante

 

“Similarly, on 07/08/2022 the same syndicate returned to the village, attacked the residence of one Yunusa Danjuma, broke into his provision store and stole away assorted goods valued three hundred and ninety-three thousand naira (N393,000:00K)

 

“Equally, they proceeded to the house of one Alhaji Murtala Yakubu and kidnapped his wife, one Fatima Murtala, ‘F’, aged 25yrs of the same address to unknown destination. In the course of investigation, suspects confessed to the commission of the offences. Investigation is ongoing.

 

RAID ON TERRORISTS’ HIDEOUT AND RECOVERY OF ONE AK 47 RIFLE: On 12/08/2022 at about 0300hrs, the Command raided a terrorist’s hideout at Babban Duhu village, Safana LGA of Katsina, engaged them into a gun duel and recovered one AK 47 rifle with thirty-nine (39) rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition. Investigation is ongoing

 

It became absolutely imperative at this point to call on the good people of Katsina state to continue to cooperate with the Police and indeed other sister security agencies in the ongoing onslaught against recalcitrant terrorists.

 

The Command in collaboration with other security agencies especially the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air Force, and DSS are working assiduously towards decimating the activities of terrorists in the state. Members of the communities should be courageous and not be intimidated or afraid in coming out to give any useful information that will assist the security agencies. I wish to assure you that any useful information given will be treated with utmost confidentiality. 

 

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