The Nigerian Police Force in Abuja on Tuesday, November 30 paraded no fewer than 32 criminals it reportedly arrested from Zamfara, Niger, Kaduna, Kebbi, and Sokoto states.
Naija News reports that the force spokesman, Frank Mba, confirmed in a statement he issued yesterday that the suspects were nabbed by the Intelligence Response Team in collaboration with police commands across the states.
Confessing his atrocities while answering questions in Abuja yesterday, one of the suspects who is specialized in car robbery, Kassim Mohammed, said he has stolen no fewer than 30 cars within three years.
The suspect said he has dealers in Birnin Kebbi and the Niger Republic that he usually sells the stolen vehicles to.
Mohammed told the police authority that his favourite brand is Toyota Corolla, which according to him, was easy to sell.
“I normally take the cars to Niger, but I also have customers in Birnin Kebbi. I have been jailed twice and some of my gang members are currently serving various terms in prison. My favourite car is Toyota Corolla because it is marketable (easy to sell),” Mohammed said.
One Abdul Bature, a complainant was able to identify his neighbours among the suspects. He accused them of kidnapping a relative and raping her after collecting a ransom from her husband.
He also alleged that the suspects stole his cows, noting that they have been arrested twice by the police.
Bature said, “After stealing our cows, they kidnapped one of our daughters, raped her after collecting money from her husband. After the STS (Special Tactical Squad) arrested them, we confirmed that they were the ones.
“We were very close, we do everything together; they stole 24 cows. Even if they (police) released them, they won’t stop. The government has to do something about it.”
Naija News understands that exhibits such as 19 AK-47 rifles, three revolvers, two gentle rifles, one sub-machine gun, one general-purpose machine gun and different types of knives were recovered from the criminal suspects.
The Police spokesman also confirmed that a total of 453 rounds of live ammunition were recovered as well as 17 vehicles of different makes from the suspects.
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