Operatives of Zamfara Police Command have nabbed some bandits’ informants, repelled attacks by marauding terrorists operating along Dangulbi-Magami General axis and recovered four rifles.
The police also claimed it recovered 250 rounds of Ak 47 live ammunition, nine rustled cows and a truck conveying drugs including foodstuff terrorists. The spokesman for the command, Mohammed Shehu, disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen late Tuesday.
“Police arrest Eight (8) Bandits Informants, repel bandits attacks, recover four (4) rifles, 250 rounds of Ak 47 live ammunition, Nine (9) rustled cows and a truck conveying drugs and foodstuff meant for bandits operating in DANGULBI – MAGAMI General area.
“In its continuous onslaught against activities of criminal elements in the State, the Zamfara State Police Command, under the leadership of CP Kolo Yusuf psc, has reiterated the determination of the officers and men of the Command to keep on doing their possible best in line with the mission and vision of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba to end the lingering insecurity bedevilling Zamfara State for over a decade.
“The Commissioner of Police gave the assurance through the Police Public Relations Officer; SP Mohammed Shehu while parading nine (9) suspects arrested by the Police Tactical Operatives during intelligence-led operations conducted in some criminal hideouts in the state,” the statement read.
INFORMANTS ARRESTED IN TSAFE
Hauwa’u Usman and Aliyu Mamuda, the two “bandits’ informants” were arrested by Zamfara Police Command on October 6, 2022.
According to Muhammad, Hauwa’u has been an informant to two of her brothers — Ali and Hamza — who are bandits. The police further stated that the informant’s brothers are among the terrorists wreaking havoc in Munhaye forest in Tsafe and neighbouring Katsina State.
“On 6th October 2022, Police Tactical Operatives acted on intelligence information and arrested the above-named suspects who were allegedly collaborating with notorious bandits from Munhaye forest in Tsafe LGA. One of the suspects, Hauwa’u Usman, a female residing in Gusau confessed that Ali and Hamza are her younger brothers and are among the bandits who are based in Munhaye forest terrorizing communities of Tsafe and neighbouring Katsina State.
“Intelligence information about her revealed that she has been an informant to her two younger brothers (Bandits) in the bush. Even though she denied fraternizing with them, she indicted the second suspect Aliyu Mamuda to be the supplier of drugs, foodstuff, operational motorcycles for banditry and hiring labourers for the bandits to go and farm their farmlands in the bush,” Muhammad said.
A day after, the command said it arrested two suspects in connection with criminal conspiracy and intimidation.
Mubarak Yusuf, Ibrahim Rabi’u and Aliyu Buzu, were arrested on October 7, following intelligence information, according to the police.
“On 7th October 2022, Police Tactical Operatives attached to CP’s Monitoring Unit State headquarters acted on intelligence information and arrested the above-named suspects”, Muhammad said.
“One of the suspects Mubarak Yusuf confessed to having connived with his gang members Ibrahim Rabi’u and Aliyu Buzu now at large, called his uncle and his neighbour and intimidated them to either give them the sum of Five Million Naira (N5,000,000) and Four Million Naira (N4,000,000) or risk kidnap.
“The second suspect Ibrahim Rabi’u also confessed to the crime and further stated that, apart from engaging in this crime, he also specializes in a fraudulent act where he severally called innocent people and claimed to be a spirit that makes people be rich, and collected money on three different occasions in the name making them rich,” Muhammad added.