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Notorious bandit arrested, arms recovered

A 31-year-old notorious bandit, Isiyaku Babangida has been arrested by the Zamfara State police command. Babangida was apprehended by the command Tactical Operatives while on Anti Banditry patrol.

NigeriaCrime.com gathered that the operatives were acting on intelligence information about an attempt by a notorious Bandit group led by its leader, Alhaji Bello to invade and attack some communities in Anka and Bukkuyum LGAs respectively.

Sequel to the intelligence report, the operatives swung into action and moved to the nearby bandit’s enclaves which led to a serious gun battle between the bandits and the Police operatives.

However, the superior firepower of the Police successfully dislodged the bandits, a situation that forced them to flee with possible gunshot wounds.
Confirming the arrest, SP Mohammed Shehu, Police Public Relations Officer, Zamfara State Command said one of the most wanted bandits in the Camp called Isiyaku Babangida of Kabe Village of Kebbi State was arrested, and some exhibits were recovered at the scene.”

Mohammed Shehu also stated that two (2) AK47 rifles/two (2) fabricated guns, and 236 7.62mm rounds of live ammunition were recovered from the suspect.

“In the course of interrogation, the suspect explained how he and his other group members that bear Ak 47 rifles invaded several villages in Anka, Bukkuyum, Gummi, rustled an unspecified number of cattle and kidnapped many innocent people and kept them in captivity until their relations paid the ransom.”

In a related development, the command also arrested a 39-year-old suspect, Usman Umar, a member of a notorious syndicate specialised in spying on people who withdraw money from banks or any financial transaction centres.

It was learned that on 23 rd September 2022 at about 5 pm Nura Umar Shinkafi attached to Zamfara State Investment Office Gusau, reported to the Police that, on the same date at about 4:30 PM, an unknown person(s) broke the left side glass of his Peugeot 406 vehicle with registration number Abuja RSH 531 RD and made away with his bag containing his HP Laptop Black in colour with serial number CND0515RPN, valued two hundred fifty thousand naira (N250,000), one Zamfara State Investment I.D Card and the sum of three million four hundred and seventy-three thousand naira (N3,473,000).

Acting on intelligence information from the Situation Control Room in the Government House, Gusau on September 5, 2022, the suspect was arrested.

According to the suspect, we have a syndicate that specialises in monitoring customers who withdraw money in cash from banks or any financial transaction centres. We follow them until the money was snatched from them at all costs.

Members of my gang have on several occasions perpetrated similar crimes in Borno, Bauchi, Kebbi, and Sokoto States.

His confession led to the recovery of Three Million Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N3,500,000).

Meanwhile, effort is ongoing to arrest the fleeing suspect. The case will be charged to Court as soon as the investigation is completed.

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