Men of the Nigeria Police Force have arrested three women in Katsina State for allegedly assisting bandits with petrol.
According to a statement from the state police command, the arrested women; a mother, her daughter, and another accomplice were nabbed after it was discovered they conceal fuel in their bags and supply it to bandits in the forest.
Naija News understands the suspects were apprehended along Jibia-Katsina road while attempting to smuggle the petroleum products in their bags to the bandits.
They had pretended to be normal travellers travelling through Magama in Jibia, a border town with Niger Republic
Confirming their arrest in a video obtained by Naija News, the Spokesman, Katsina Police Command, SP. Isah Gambo while parading the three suspects at the state police headquarters on Thursday said; “These women that you are seeing here were arrested along Jibia-Katsina road with these bags pretending to be normal travellers going to Magama in Jibia, a border town with Niger Republic.
“What they do is engaging in smuggling of petrol to bandits in Jibia forest but nemesis caught up with them and they were arrested with these exhibits.
“These exhibits you are seeing are not just travelling bags but they are loaded with petrol meant to be taken to the forest for the bandits.
“The suspects are Umma Bello, 45 years of Malali Quarters here in Katsina metropolis, Nusaiba Muhammad, 16 years and Dija Umar 50 years all of the same address.
SP Gambo said the suspects have admitted to the crime, adding that there are also many of them in the area that are involved in the business.
He added: “What they do is to engage the services of ‘okada’, motorcycle riders to buy the fuel for them in their motorcycle tanks from filling stations and then take it back to Malali quarters for them where they siphon the fuel from the motorcycle tanks and then arrange them into bags like these to avoid the eagle eyes of the security agencies while taking it to the forest to sell to bandits.”
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