Two bandits’ informants have been arrested by operatives of the Zamfara State Police Command.
It was learnt the two suspects were caught with dangerous drugs and other substances suspected to be Indian hemp.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Mohammed Shehu, disclosed this to journalists in Gusau, the state capital.
According to Shehu, the suspects are Murtala Musa from Kado village in Kaura Namoda Local Government Area from the state and Mustapha Lawala from Kasuwa Daji area of the same LGA.
The police spokesperson added that the third suspect, Sharhabilu Taju, is presently at large.
He said, “On the 24th January, 2023 police detectives acted on intelligence reports and arrested the above-mentioned suspects who were both residing in Bela village under Bungudu Local Government Area.
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“The suspects before their arrest were part of a criminal syndicate that gave information to bandits and also supplied all forms of dried leaves suspected to be Indian helm and other dangerous drugs.
“Their actions have continued to aggregate attacks, kidnappings and killing of innocent people of Bungudu, Kaura Namoda and Birnin Magaji Local Government Areas by the bandits.”
Similarly, Shehu disclosed that another criminal element who specializes in criminal conspiracy, kidnappings, cattle rustling and other forms of criminalities including being Informants to bandits.
He gave the name of the suspect as Ali Abdulahi, a 46-year-old man from Gubuchi in Kaduna State.
“On 23rd January, 2023, Police Operatives based on an intelligence report arrested the above-mentioned suspect.
“The suspect has been a member of a criminal syndicate that has been operating in Kaduna, Zamfara and other neighbouring states.
“In the course of Police investigation, the suspect confessed that, on several occasions, he and other members of their gang participated in the Kidnapping of an unspecified number of people and collected millions of Naira as ransom from the relations of the victims.
“He also confessed to have rustled an unspecified number of cows and sheep.”
Shehu said that the suspect will be charged to court of competent jurisdiction for prosecution as soon as investigation is completed.