The Zamfara State Police Command has arrested a 6 man syndicate of informants who specialise in giving information to Armed Bandits, supplying arms and Ammunition, military Camouflage Uniforms among Others.
The Spokesman of the State Police Command, SP Muhammed Sheu, disclosed this while parading the suspects at the State Police Command in Gusau, the Zamfara State Capital.
The Commissioner of Police Zamfara State Command CP Kolo Yusuf , according to Sheu, reiterated the determination of the Zamfara State Police Command to keep on doing everything within the ambit of the law to end the lingering insecurity bedeviling Zamfara State for over a decade.
The total number of arrested Suspects are 10.
The suspects according to the PPRO have been helping bandits terrorise innocent citizens in Gusau, Kaura Namoda, Tsafe, Bungudu LGAs and environs.
The nefarious activities of this syndicate group were to give information to Bandits to make it easier for them to attack communities and kidnap people for ransom. It was equally part of their activities to collect millions of Naira to source for arms/ammunition and Military camouflage uniforms for the Bandits.
Their recent dirty business according to the Police was when one of the suspects Abubakar Mainasara ‘M’ A.K.A Major in his statement to the Police confessed of collecting the sum of Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N850, 000) from the bandits to source for military camouflage uniforms for them, a consignment that was given to Babangida A.K.A Major, who connived with one of their collaborators, a Tailor, one Jamilu Lawali ‘M’ of Gusau to source and sew the uniforms which at the end was delivered to the Bandits.
The same suspect further confessed of collecting the sum of Two Million Naira (N2,000,000) from Bandits to supply arms and ammunition for them, even though, two of his accomplices Lawal Ibrahim ‘M’ and Surajo Idris ‘M’ confirmed to the Police that the money given to the suspect was Six Million Naira (N6,000,000) for the arms deal consignment and not N2,000,000 naira.
The sum of One Million Naira (N1,000,000) was given to same Babangida Soja ‘M’, who in turn gave only Sixty Thousand Naira (N60,000) to Jamilu Lawali ‘M’, (Tailor) for the supply of the ammunition who at the end supplied Ten (10) rounds of AK-47 live ammunition which was handed over to Bandits through Babangida Soja and Abubakar Mainasara ‘M’
The command also arrested another suspect Zainu Lawal a 39 year old man who claimed to be an ex-Soldier for possession of a locally fabricated gun, four Cartridges, Military Camouflage Uniform fake military I.D Card and Other dangerous weapons.
Another suspect who was supplying information to bandits as well as repaired motorcycles Alhassan Lawal a 27 year old man was also arrested.
Alhassan according to SP Muhammed Sheu also negotiate and deliver ransom to bandits in the forest.
He was arrested on 14th September, 2022 by Police Detectives who acted on intelligence information.
Upon interrogation, the suspect confessed to have supplied over fourteen (14) Operational Motorcycles to the Bandits in the forest at the rate of Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N750,000) each, of which he earned the sum of Fifteen Thousand Naira (N15,000) per motorcycle.
The suspect further confessed that over the years, he was the one repairing motorcycle for the bandits if spoiled.
The suspect in his statement also mentioned one Mansur Usman ‘M’ as his collaborator who was later arrested by the Police.
When interrogated, he confessed to have been supplying food stuffs and deliver same to the bandits in the forest.
He also confessed that he collected and delivered ransom to the bandits many times with the last ransom he delivered the sum of Two Million Three Hundred Thousand Naira (N2,300,000).
A notorious bandit, Umar Namaro, was also arrested and paraded by the command with Arms and ammunition in Mada district of Gusau and 174 rounds of live ammunition.
Police Tactical Operatives of the Command while on surveillance patrol along Gusau – Kotor Koshi – Mada axis, intercepted Namaro and arrested him.
On interrogation, the suspect confessed to be one of the notorious bandits terrorizing Mada and Kotor Koshi with banditry attacks, Kidnapping, Cattle Rustling and other heinous crime.
An On spot search yielded one AK-49 and one Lar rifles and 174 round of live ammunition were recovered in his possession.
He also added that the suspects made important revelations that are currently assisting Police investigation and all will be charged to court in due course.
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