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Police Nab Two Bandits, Three Car Thieves, Recover AK-47 Rifle In Kaduna

The Kaduna State Police Command has said that its operatives have arrested two suspected bandits and car thieves as well as other criminal elements across the state.

The state Command’s Public Relations Officer, Mansir Hassan, ASP, said the operations happened in different locations of the state.

According to the command’s spokesman, operatives of the command first intercepted a suspect, one Babangida Sani, around the ancient city of Zaria in the state.

He said, Sani who’s 37-years-old was apprehended while passing through the State from Faskari LGA of Katsina state enroute to Jos, Plateau State on Thursday, June 6th.

“He(suspect)was travelling from Jos to Faskari and had boarded a commercial motorcycle enroute the Flyover Garage,” he said while adding that an AK-47 raffle was recovered from him upon search by his men.

Similarly, acting on a tip-off, according to the police spokesman, operatives recovered two abandoned vehicles, a Toyota Matrix (Reg No: DKA 321 TT) and a Toyota Camry LE (Reg No: KGK 114 AA), in the Mogadishu area of the state.

“The following day, on June 5, 2024, at about 1215 hours, a white Toyota Hilux van (Reg No: GWA 845 CY), reported stolen from Karji Junction, was also recovered at Yazid Hotel on Ali Akilu Road, Kaduna,” he added.

According to him, further investigations led to the arrest of three suspects, namely, Sa’ad Abdullahi, Salihu Musa, and Usman Zubairu Ganu, all from Zamfara State.

Hassan said in a statement, “At about 0310 hours on June 6, 2024, while conducting a routine patrol near the Agoro Level Crossing area, a team from the Tudun Wada Division in Zaria, intercepted a suspect identified as Babangida Sani, a 37-year-old male from Faskari Local Government Area in Katsina State.

“During the search, the officers discovered an AK-47 rifle in the suspect’s possession. The motorcycle driver, upon witnessing the search, fled the scene but was promptly arrested and taken into custody by the officers.

“In the same vein On June 4, 2024, at 1800 hours, the Anti-Car Theft Unit of the SCID, acted swiftly on a tip-off and recovered two abandoned vehicles, a Toyota Matrix (Reg No: DKA 321 TT) and a Toyota Camry LE (Reg No: KGK 114 AA), in Mogadishu, Kaduna.

“The following day, on June 5, 2024, at about 1215 hours, a white Toyota Hilux van (Reg No: GWA 845 CY), reported stolen from Karji Junction, was also recovered at Yazid Hotel on Ali Akilu Road, Kaduna.

“Further investigations led to the arrest of three suspects: Sa’ad Abdullahi, Salihu Musa, and Usman Zubairu Ganu, all from Zamfara State.

“They were found in possession of two additional vehicles, a Honda Accord (Reg No: RBC 143 MQ) and a Mercedes Benz (Reg No: BKD 137 SB), also suspected to be stolen.”

The police spokesman continued that operatives chased suspects around the Millennium City area towards the Eastern Bypass but that two of the three suspects escaped.

“Two of the suspects managed to escape, but the motorcycle rider, identified as Buhari Madaki, 26, was captured along with his red Jincheng motorcycle. Upon questioning, Madaki was unable to provide a satisfactory explanation for taking the dangerous route late at night,” he added.

Again, Hassan quoted the state Commissioner of Police, Audu Dabigi to have assured residents of the command’s commitment to their safety and security in the state.

“In another operation On June 5, 2024, at about 2105 hours, the DPO City Division received a report from the Sabon Gida vigilante group in Maraban Rido Village, Sabo AOR, arrested about three armed men on a motorcycle seen heading through a known bandit route towards the Eastern Bypass. The men were suspected to be carrying concealed rifles.

“Acting swiftly on this information, the DPO mobilised a combined team of police patrol officers, a military strike force, and local vigilantes. An ambush was set at strategic locations, leading to the interception of the suspects near Kakura 2 Village along Umar Musa Yar’Adua Way.

“Further discreet investigation into all above the incident is ongoing

“The Commissioner of Police Kaduna State Police Command CP AUDU ALI DABIGI psc, assures the public that the Command remains committed to maintaining safety and security within the state and appreciates the cooperation of the public in these efforts,” the police spokesman added.

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