Police Arrest Bandits’ informant, weapon suppliers in Niger.
By Yahaya Zakka
Niger state Police Command has parades a suspected informant,Nasiru Musa in connection with the kidnapping of four victims, killing two in Rafi local government area of the state.
The Command Police Public relations OfficerIn,DSP Wasiu Abiodun while parading the suspect said that in continue effort of the Command to rid the state of banditry, kidnapping and other criminalities, the Command arrested the suspected informant in connection with the kidnapping of four victims and killing of two among the victims in Tegina, Rafi LGA.
DSP Wasiu Abiodun stated that on 14/11/2021 at about 2000hrs, suspected armed bandits invaded Tegina town in Rafi LGA, shooting sporadically and abducted four persons into Kagara forest which include one Aminu Garba and others.
According to him,Upon receiving the information, the Command mobilized and drafted a combined team of tactical squad comprised of Anti-Kidnapping Unit, FIB tactical squad and vigilante members to the area.
Consequently, as a result of pressure on the hoodlums, two victims later escaped from the abductors.
Unfortunately, the remaining two victims, i.e Aminu Garba and one other were killed by the kidnappers after collecting a ransom of thirteen million naira.
He said based on technical intelligence, one Nasiru Musa aged 30yrs ‘m’ of Tegina was arrested within Tegina town in connection with the crime.
He disclosed that during interrogation, the suspect confessed to have conspired with one Lelwi presently at large who connected him with one Gwaskan-Daji also at large and several others to kidnap the victims and collected the ransom.
The suspected informant claimed that he benefitted two hundred thousand naira only from the crime proceed and he was also planning to kidnap the Council Chairman of Rafi LGA before his arrest.
In another development the PPRO of the Command Said On 20/08/2022 during a sting operation at Dikko arrested one Umar Shehu aged 31yrs ‘m’ of Bakori, Funtua LGA of Katsina State.
The suspect was arrested at Dikko Junction in Gurara LGA of Niger State based on a credible intelligence, having identified and suspected him as a notorious arms dealer who supplies arms/ammunition to different bandits’ camps in Katsina, Kaduna and Niger State.
According to the Command PPRO,DSP Wasiu Abiodun mentioned that during interrogation, he confessed to have supplied arms and ammunition to bandits in Madaki forest Katsina, Ganai camp in Maidaro forest Kaduna and a syndicate member terrorizing Kwamba/Maje area of Suleja.
He confessed further to have purchased arms from Abdulmani ‘m’ of Taraba State who was neutralized in Kaduna by FIB squad early this year.
He claimed that he got one hundred thousand naira from every 500 ammunition he delivered to any bandit’s camp.adding that the Case are under investigation.