Zamfara Police Tactical Operatives have arrested one of the most wanted bandits called Isiyaku Babangida of Kabe Village of Kebbi State.
According to a press release signed by the Zamfara State Police Command Public Relations Officer, SP Mohammed Shehu anipr, he said that while the Police Tactical Operatives on Anti Banditry patrol acted on intelligence information about an attempt by a notorious Bandit group led by its leader, Alhaji Bello to invade and attack some communities in Anka and Bukkuyum LGAs respectively.
SP Mohammed Shehu further said the Police operatives swung into action and moved to the nearby bandit’s enclaves which led to a serious gun battle between the bandits and the Police operatives.
The statement reads, “The superior firepower of the Police successfully dislodged the bandits, a situation that forced them to flee with possible gunshot wounds.
“In the course of interrogation, the suspect explained how he and his other group members that bear AK 47 rifles invaded several villages in Anka, Bukkuyum, Gummi, rustled an unspecified number of cattle and kidnapped many innocent people and kept them in captivity until their relations paid the ransom.
Also, a member of a notorious syndicate that specializes in spying on people who withdraw money from banks or any financial transaction centres was arrested. They are Usman Umar, aged 39yrs and Abdul Sun of Zaria in Kaduna State (at large). The exhibits recovered from them are Three Million Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N3,500,000).
The statement reads further, “On 23rd September 2022 at about 1700hrs, a complainant one Nura Umar Shinkafi ‘M’ attached to Zamfara State Investment Office Gusau, reported to the Police that, on the same date at about 1630 hours, unknown person(s) broke the left side glass of his Peugeot 406 vehicle with registration number Abuja RSH 531 RD and made away with his bag containing his HP Laptop Black in colour with serial number CND0515RPN, valued two hundred fifty thousand naira (N250,000), one Zamfara State Investment I.D Card and the sum of Three Million Four Hundred and Seventy-three Thousand Naira (N3,473,000).
“On 5th September 2022, the Police detectives acted on intelligence information from the Situation Control Room in the Government House, Gusau and arrested the above-named suspect.
“In the course of the investigation, the suspect confessed that they have a syndicate that specialises in monitoring customers who withdraw money in cash from banks or any financial transaction centres and then follow them until the money was snatched at all cost.
“The suspect further stated that he and his syndicate members have on several occasions perpetrated similar crimes in Borno, Bauchi, Kebbi and Sokoto States. His confession led to the recovery of the above-mentioned exhibit. The effort is ongoing to arrest the fleeing suspect. The case will be charged to Court as soon as the investigation is completed.
The Commissioner of Police, CP Kolo Yusuf tasks members of the Public especially those who make a financial transaction in the bank or any financial centre to be conscious of this syndicate and ensure they report any suspicious person (s) to the Police for appropriate action.