At least six suspects have been apprehended by the Police in Jigawa for alleged animal rustling and burglary in Kiyawa Local Government Area of the state.
This development was contained in a statement made available by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, DSP Lawan Shiisu, on Saturday.
The police image maker disclosed that the suspects were recently arrested by a police patrol team in the area, adding that four of the suspects were arrested in Kiyawa town with four sheep strongly suspected to be stolen.
The PPRO listed the suspected rustlers as Garba Abubakar, aged 27, a resident of Zugun village; Abdullahi Alhaji 25, a resident of Gadumare village; Musa Ruwa 25 of Zubo village, all of Jama’are Local Government Area Bauchi State.
The suspects were arrested in possession of the four stolen sheep.
He explained that two of the suspects, identified as Ibrahim Rabiu, aged 22, and resident of Bakin Kasuwa area; and Musa Sani 42 years, a resident of Zakirai quarters, all in Kiyawa LGA, were arrested in possession of 10 pieces of roofing sheets and drum strongly suspected to be stolen.
The PPRO added that when interrogated, three out of the four suspected rustlers confessed to having stolen the four sheep from Kirisamma LGA while the other two suspects confessed to having stolen the 10 roofing sheets and drum from Ramat Nursery and Primary School in Kiyawa LGA.
According to him, efforts are being intensified by the police to trace the rightful owner of the sheep, whereas the roofing sheets and the drum have since been handed over to their rightful owner.
Shiisu said the suspects would soon be charged to court.
In another development, the Oyo State Police Command has arrested 207 armed robbery suspects and recovered 50 vehicles from January to December.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Adewale Osifeso, said this while briefing newsmen at the command’s headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan on Friday.
Osifeso said 46 motorcycles and tricycles, 108 firearms and 721 rounds of various calibres of ammunition were retrieved from suspected criminals during the period under review.
The spokesman said the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Adebola Hamzat, had ordered all area commanders, divisional police officers and some others to deploy adequate personnel and resources to tackle crime.
“The CP has directed that all area commanders, divisional police officers and tactical commanders should increase layers of supervision on their subordinates, particularly men on the field, who daily interface with commuters and other civilian populations.
“The command’s monitoring and x-squad units have been tasked to deal decisively with any officer whose actions or inactions bring about embarrassment to the command through extortion and other misconducts,” he said.