Kano State Police Command has arrested some perpetrators of various crimes in the state, which include Cattle rustlers, armed robbers amongst others.
The Police arrested a suspect, Yahaya Sale (popularly called Narigasa), for allegedly stealing over 100 domestic animals in the state and some neighbouring states in Nigeria’s north region.
For almost four years, Sale and nine other members of his syndicate have continued to terrorise local communities in the state, carting away their Cows, Sheep and sometimes kidnapping their wives.
Revealing the arrest on Wednesday, the Kano State Police Commissioner, Ibrahim Idris, confirmed the death of one member of the syndicate during an encounter with the Police around Falgore forest in the state.
Mr Idris disclosed that about 197 Cows were so far recovered from Sale and other members of his gang, adding that 31 other suspected Cattle rustlers had been arrested and charged to court.
In Sumaila Local Government Area of the State where the Fulani Cattle rustlers were arrested, residents pointed out cow robbery as a major threat in the communities.
The 30-year old Sale confirmed to reporters that they had stolen about 30, 000 Cattle and Sheep in Kano and other neighbouring states in the north.
“I joined this gang four years ago and since the, we have stolen about 30,000 Cattle in Kano and beyond. We also steal to sell and use the money to drink, womanise and do other dubious characters,” he said.
Similarly, the Police Commissioner noted that his men had arrested one notorious Local Bandit in Kano State, Taju Kabiru, who had been on the Police Wanted List for three years.
Kabiru along his group members, were said to have gotten involved in violent clashes during which two persons were killed and several others injured.
In another development, the command’s spokesman, Magaji Majia, confirmed the arrest of another suspect, Hauwa Mustapha, who allegedly organised a gang of armed robbers from Jos, Plateau State capital, to carry out robbery operation in the commercial city of Kano.
Mr Majia said that the suspect was first arrested in 2011, for renting an apartment to kidnappers of Nigerian Footballer, Mikel Obi’s father.
After serving her jail term, Hauwa was allegedly said to have resumed crime as several weapons including AK 47 rifles were recovered from the suspect and her group members.
The command affirmed that all the suspects would be charged to court for prosecution, as soon as investigations into their alleged crimes were completed.