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Police Parade 35 Suspects Who Robbed At Zamfara And Killed State Commissioner

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Police Parade 35 Member Gang Who Were Responsible For Recent Robbery In Zamfara and Killing Of  Zamfara Commissioners

The Nigerian Police has arrested eight members of a robbery gang which attacked commuters along Abuja-Kaduna Expressway, during which a former Commissioner for Education in Katsina State, Prof Halimatu Idris, was killed.

The suspects as paraded yesterday, include; Lawal Tukur, 40, leader of the gang; Sulaiman Sani, 27; Abubakar Ahmad, 30; Abubakar Adamu, 33; Yahaya Musa, 33; Kabiru Bala, 23; Rufai Tukur, 26; and Shehu Audi, 32.

The Force Police Public Relations Officer, Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police, Jimoh Moshood, also paraded 35 bandits  in Abuja,  who had been arrested in Zamfara in connection with the attacks and killings in some villages of the state.

Moshood said Tukur and Sani confessed to having killed four of the commuters, including the former Katsina commissioner on the day of the attack.

The robbers had struck on Sunday, July 22, along the Abuja-Kaduna-Kano Expressway, during which they also robbed a Director of the National Agricultural Research Extensions and Liaison Services, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Prof Mohammed Othman.

The police said the gang also abducted two women, 51-year-old Rahinatu Shehu, and Aisha Sani, 23, and her seven-month-old baby at their residence in the Mararaba Guga town in the Giwa Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Naija News learnt that the suspects were nabbed by the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team, after a shootout which lasted for several hours.

The Force Spokesman, Moshood, said the police recovered two AK-47 rifles, three pairs of suspected fake military uniforms, cutlasses and motorbike from the suspects.

He said, “All the suspects confessed to the various criminal roles they played in the commission of the crimes. The investigation is in progress and effort is being intensified to arrest other suspects still at large. They will all be arraigned in court on completion of the investigation.

“In Zamfara State, 35 bandits have been arrested in connection with the recent attacks in some villages in Zamfara State. Six AK-47 rifles, 15 locally fabricated guns, 183 AK-47 ammunition and seven live cartridges were recovered from the bandits. All the suspects have made useful statements to the police investigators and confessed to the killings in the affected villages.”

 
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