Police in Niger arrest 12 suspects over armed robbery, illegal possession of firearms
Charles Nwoke, Minna, Nigeria
January 27, 2021
The Niger State Police command says it has apprehended 12 suspects over armed robbery, illegal possession of firearms, and possession of 13 locally fabricated guns in different parts of the state.
ASP Wasiu Abiodun, the State Command’s Public Relations Officer( PPRO), made this known in a statement issued to newsmen in Minna on Wednesday.
He disclosed that police officers posted to Sarkin-Pawa Division on January 21, at about 19:30 hours, nabbed three suspects with 11 locally manufactured guns at the Sabon-gari area of Sarkin Pawa which were ensconced in a sawdust bag.
According to ASP Abiodun, during interrogation, one of the suspects claimed to be a member of the Vigilante group at Gwagwada Chukun Local Government Area Council of Kaduna State, and that he reached out to one Titus Ishaku, a welder, to fabricate the 11 guns for him at the rate of N3,000 each.
Also, the PPRO revealed that policemen affiliated with the Agwara division while on their routine patrol along kasabo/Agwara road, on January 20 at about 10:00 hours apprehended one Alex Yohana of Shanga Local Government Area Council of Kebbi State.
He told journalists that the suspect was arrested at Kasabo village through Agwara Local Government Area with two locally made double barrel guns.
ASP Abiodun said during interrogation, the suspect testified to have purchased the guns from one Bamaiyi Ribba of Ribba, Danko Wasagu Local Government Area of Kebbi at the cost of N 20,000 each.
On January 9, Abiodun further narrated, at about 03:00 hours, the Police and Vigilante security network attached to Maikunkele Division while on patrol along Maikunkele-Zheko road, nabbed four suspects.
He narrated, “The suspects were arrested with forty-one pieces of vandalized rail tracks loaded in two Hijet pick-up vans with registration number XG 668 AA and RSH 742 XB.
“During interrogation, he said, one of the suspects, Adamu Abdullahi, confessed to having bought the rail tracks from one Hussani presently at large and contacted Ojo Okuo who cut the rail tracks into movable sizes.
“Ahmadu Sa’adu and Rabiu Yunusa were conveying the tracks from Jangaru village to Kasuwa Gwari Market Minna with the said vehicles,” he added.
ASP Wasiu Abiodun equally revealed that police officers attached to Kpakungu Division while on patrol along Kpakungu-Bida road, on January 21, at about 23:00 hours apprehended four suspects at Lagos park, Kpakungu.
“The suspects were searched and one knife, one itel S13 phone, and a pincher were found in their possession.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspects robbed a victim of the phone at Sauka-Kahuta area Minna,” he said.
The PPRO stated that all the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations were completed.