Police arrest 7 suspected armed robbers, 4 kidnappers

The police in Niger State, have confirmed the arrests of seven suspected armed robbers and four suspected kidnappers at different locations across the state within the months of August and September this year.

The command also disclosed that it had arrested and prosecuted one person for (gun-running), three suspected rapists, one suspected homosexual and four others over allegations of shop-breaking and theft within these months.

This was contained in a press statement by the command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, a copy of which was obtained over the weekend by Metro in Minna, the Niger State capital.

Elkana, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) said, one Ali, Samsu and Mubarak (surnames withheld) were arrested at Sabon Gari Rijau in Rijau Local Government Area of the state over allegation of armed robbery on October 8.

The release stated further that the suspects allegedly robbed one Mohammed and Hassan (surnames withheld) of Jagaba village within the said local government of the sum of fN500,000.00.

The statement said the police arrested the suspects following a tip-off and that they had since confessed to the crime during investigation.

The sum of 328,000 was said to have been found on the suspects.

In a related development, Elkana said police operatives attached to the command also arrested one Kabiru Lawal of Lambata village in Gurara Local Government of the state alongside one Lawal Audu, Ibrahim Rabiu and Yunusa Adamu along railway crossing nipping point on Maikunlele Road within Minna town, while travelling in a Nissan Primera with registration number AV.198-ABC on September 1.

The release stated further that the police recovered one AK47 rifle loaded with six rounds of live ammunition and one Lar riffle with 11 rounds of live ammunition, respectively from the suspects among other dangerous weapons and communication gadgets.

According to the police image maker, the suspects had allegedly confessed to have robbed on Beji-Zungeru Road.

On the kidnappers, he said some police operatives also intercepted a gang of kidnappers who were on arms, purchasing mission on October 22.

The statement said during gun battle between men of the command and the suspected kidnappers, one Harande was fatally wounded, while Ahmed (surnames withheld) was arrested.

It said some riffles and the sum of N1 million were recovered from the suspects.