*Other suspects involved in criminal conspiracy, child stealing, banditry, kidnapping nabbed
By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The police in Kaduna State has arrested a security personnel attached to a commercial bank for allegedly trading the new Naira notes.
This was revealed at a press briefing by the Kaduna Police Command yesterday.
According to Jalige, he was doing the briefing on behalf of the Commissioner of Police Kaduna State Command CP Yekini Ayoku psc(+), mni, to share some of their activities and successes within the last one month.
“Let me hasten to state that, crime patterns are dynamic and evolving on daily basis therefore, the need for each and every one to be security conscious in their day to day activities and relationships cannot be overemphasized.
“The intelligence-led crime fighting and control activities of the command successfully led to the apprehension of Thirteen (13) suspects (among others) for various crimes which includes; Banditry, Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, Illegal trafficking in Firearms, Theft, Child Stealing, Illegal Trading of Currency and other heinous crimes. In the course of investigations into some of these cases, a number of recoveries has been made which includes; one (1) AK47 Rifle, three (3) locally made fabricated revolver rifles, two (2) motorcycles, fifteen (15) cartridges, nine hundred and twenty five naira (925,000.00) cash and three (3) mobile phones,” he said.
At the briefing, the command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Mohammed Jalige said that the security personnel alongside two others, were nabbed by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Sabon Gari Zaria who led his team.
“On the 27th January, 2023 at about 1100 hours following a credible intelligence on the activities of unlawful trading of the Re-designed Naira Notes, DPO Sabon Gari Zaria led his patrol team to Dadi motor park Sabon Gari Zaria where they raided and arrested two (2) currency hawkers, namely; (1) Dalhatu Yusuf ‘m’ 32yrs and (2) Muhammad Kabir ‘m’ 18yrs all of Samaru Zaria and recovered different denominations of both old and the redesigned Naira Note from them.
“Also in a related development, one Thomas Tokan ‘m’ of Hanwa area who is a security personnel attached to Stanbic IBTC Bank PZ branch was also arrested at the bank premises selling the re-designed Naira notes. Investigation is still ongoing,” he said.
According to him at the briefing were several suspects arrested were paraded, a notorious kidnapper and cattle rustler is also in the hands of the police.
“On the 25th January, 2023 at about 1700 hours, the gallant Operatives of the Command acted on a credible intelligence, arrested one Sani Mamuda Hanazuwa ‘m’ aged 25yrs a known notorious kidnapper, who have been on the Command’s wanted list.
“During the course of investigation the suspect confessed to have participated in more than ten kidnapping operations in Kaduna State alongside his gang members in which they have collected several ransom payments and killed at least two of their victims. The suspect is currently assisting the Police in investigation with a view to arresting his accomplices currently at large,” he explained.
Similarly, he said that four suspects were arrested over alleged criminal conspiracy and child stealing.
“On the 23rd January, 2023 at about 0400hrs the Command received a report that one Hajara Ashiru ‘f’ 6yrs old was missing and the Command immediately mobilised Operatives, swung into action and one Safiya Iliyasu ‘f’ 32yrs who is a neighbor to the parents of the missing child was arrested and interrogated.
“During the course of investigation the following suspects were equally arrested; (1) Hussaina Adamu ‘f’ 45yrs old of Hayin Mal. Bello and (2) Rukayya Abubakar ‘f’ 32yrs old of Dirkaniya Quaters Kaduna in connection to the disappearance of the child.
“The victim was rescued unhurt after having been sold for the sum of One Hundred Thousand Naira (N100,000.00) in which a part payment of Five Thousand Naira (N5,000) was made to the prime suspect Safiya Iliyasu. The victim has since been handed over to her parents. Case under investigation and will be charged to court of competent jurisdiction on completion,” he revealed.
DSP Jalige also told the press that a case of criminal conspiracy, aiding and abetment of kidnapping was recorded, while vigilant officers were conducting patrol.
“On the 17th January, 2023 at about 1340hours the operatives of the Command while on a Clearance Patrol/Stop and Search operation along Jos road by Kangiwa village, Soba LGA of Kaduna State intercepted one Shede Alh. Maude ‘m’ of Liman Ibada village Soba LGA of Kaduna who was in possession of Eight Hundred and Twenty Thousand Naira (N820,000.00) to be delivered to a certain Abdullahi Ahmed a.k.a Masara at Kawo flyover bridge. The money was for the purchase of an AK-47 rifle for one Suleiman ‘m’ (surname yet unknown).
“The said Suleiman (surname yet unknown) is a notorious kidnapper. Both Shede Alh. Maude and Abdullahi Ahmed are in Police net assisting in the investigation while Suleiman is on the run with Operatives are on his trail,” he said.
The PPRO also informed of the arrest of a syndicate of firearm traffickers.
“On 22nd November, 2022 at about 1800hours at Kasuwan Magani, Kajuru L.G.A of Kaduna State, while acting on a credible intelligence Operatives of the Command busted a syndicate of four (4) arm traffickers. The Operatives initially arrested one Haruna Yusuf a.k.a Hankalin Safe ‘m’ of Jarmai village, Nassarawa Eggon, Nassarawa State with one dismantled AK47 rifle concealed in a sack inside the rim of the spare tyre chamber of his maroon coloured Ford vehicle with Reg. No. ABJ 948 AA.
“During investigation, the suspect Haruna Yusuf led the Police to the arrest of one Umar Kasimu whom he bought the AK47 rifle from at the sum of One Million One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N1,150,000.00) only. Umar Kasimu also led to the arrest of one Peter Abimiku who confessed to have earlier bought the AK47 rifle from one Solomon John now at large.
“The suspect Haruna Yusuf further stated that he bought the AK-47 rifle for one Magaji of Zamfara State who sent him the total sum of One Million Seven Hundred Thousand Naira (N1,700,000.00) only. Efforts is being intensified to get Magaji arrested.
“Furthermore, three (3) fabricated revolver rifles with fifteen (15) cartridges were recovered in the possession of Umar Kasimu and Peter Abimiku. Investigation is still in progress with a view to arresting their fleeing accomplices and to also unravel the location of the factory where these rifles are been fabricated,” he said.
According to him, the Commissioner of Police, Kaduna State Command CP Yekini Ayoku psc(+), mni, has ordered for a thorough and comprehensive investigation of these cases with a view to arresting their partners in crime and unmasking others involved who all would be dealt with to the full extent of the law.
“I wish to convey the assurance of the Commissioner of Police that the Command shall continue to be resilient in its determination to ensure that criminal elements are denied the space to carry out their nefarious activities.
“Members of the public are advised to be wary of their environment as well unscrupulous neighbours and not to hesitate to volunteer information and render support to security agencies at all times,” he advised.