By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Two suspects who allegedly implicated operatives of the Bauchi State Police Command in the recent mid-night armed robbery along Kano – Maiduguri federal highway; Bala Mato and Muhammad Bappa Yerima have been arrested by the police in Bauchi.
The armed robbery occurred on 18th February, 2020 near Dambam, headquarters of a Local Government Area in Bauchi state where passengers travelling along the road aboard a Sharon vehicle were said to have been robbed of their valuables.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Philip Maku Wednesday while parading the suspects at the Command headquarters in Bauchi, said that Mato granted an interview to a VOA Stringer in Bauchi alleging the involvement of police in the armed robbery.
Mato, according to the commissioner in a statement said, “Police attached to the Dambam Police Station while on patrol, blocked the Kano – Maiduguri Federal Highway and attacked the Sharon vehicle, robbed the passengers of their valuables and even injured women and children”.
Similarly, the 2nd suspect, Muhammad Bappa Yerima, said the commissioner, “Wrote incting comments on his facebook page alleging that police attached to Dambam Divisional Police headquarters was responsible for the robbery attack”.
It could be recalled that the State Police Command had earlier drew the attention of the general public to the armed robbery attack on 18/2/2020 on the innocent commuters along Kano – Maiduguri highway at a location near Bam village in Dambam Local Government Area of Bauchi state, and the attendant fake video clip in circulation aimed at causing disaffection between the police and the general public.
Maku revealed that discreet investigation into the case had led to the arrest of three suspects namely Shehu Abdullahi (20 years), Babawuro Jauro Sani (27years) and Wada Wakili Musa who conspired with seven others now at large on 18/2/20 barricaded the Kano – Maiduguri highway with heavy log of woods and attacked a Sharon vehicle No. XA – 300 – ABS conveying passengers travelling from Kebbi to Maiduguri and robbed them of their belongings.
The arrested suspects, said the commissioner, were at the time of operation, armed with Dane-guns, Machetes, Sticks, Knives and other dangerous weapons, as exhibits recovered from them included one unregistered Kasea 125 motorcycle, Double barrel Dane-gun, 25 wrappers, 20 simcards, one motorcycle with registration No. AD 129 WRJ, 33 native caps (Zannabukar),
Also recovered from the suspects are 9 travelling bags, 2flyers, one GTB – ATM card bearing GODWIN ADIE 089/2020, three Ghana must-go bags, 30 children dresses, among other valuables.
Mr. Maku therefore assured the general public that the command under his watch will continue to carry out diligent investigation into the case and ensure that no stone is left unturned regarding this particular incident, as it will not relent on its oath in ensuring that the state remains peaceful and secured.