Suspected robbery, kidnapping kingpin, 2 accomplices nabbed in Niger

Nemesis has caught up with a suspected inter-state armed robbery kingpin and kidnapper, identified as Babangida Sani Abdullahi, following his arrest by the police operatives attached to the Niger State Police Command.

The suspect, who was said to be notorious and had been declared wanted by the authorities of the command about two years ago, was reportedly arrested on Thursday at about 9:25a.m after the police acted on a tip-off.

Crime Reports learnt that the lid was blown off his criminal activities when he pretended to have brought a patient for medical treatment to the General Hospital, Kagara, in Rafi Local Government Area of the state.

A police source who craved anonymity said that after his arrest, the suspect confessed to some of the crimes over which he was declared wanted by the police.

He further disclosed that Abdullahi’s statement led to the arrest of one of his suspected accomplices, Kabiru Abdullahi of the same address. A third female suspect named Amina Sani was said to have been mentioned by the second suspect as a member of the gang.

She was arrested by the police while moving around the wards of the General Hospital, Kagara and pretending to be a sympathiser in a bid to carry out some criminal activities within the hospital premises.

The source added that the three suspects had confessed to the crime they were accused by the police during investigation.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, confirmed the arrest of the three suspects, saying that it was in connection with some high-profile robbery and kidnapping cases in parts of the state in recent times.

Elkana  stated further that the suspects would soon be referred  to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligent Department (SCIID), Minna, for investigation and would be charged to court at the conclusion of police investigation.

“In fact, Abdullahi and his two accomplices are going to be charged for criminal conspiracy, armed robbery, culpable homicide  and kidnapping because in some cases, they killed  their victims using weapons,” the PPRO said.