The Katsina State Police Command has arrested 30-year-old suspected notorious armed bandit Saidu Yaro, alias Sabon Jini, of Tsaskiya Village, Safana LGA of Katsina State following the death of an Area Commander for Dutsinma, ACP Aminu Umar, and another officer.
The police spokesman, ASP Sadiq Abubakar, who disclosed this on Thursday during a parade of suspects at the command headquarters in Katsina, noted that the suspect had been on the command’s wanted list for a series of offences including kidnapping, cattle rustling, and other heinous crimes.
Yaro was reportedly arrested around 5:30 pm on August 30 based on “credible intelligence” in connection with the kidnapping of one Hussaini Nabara of Kagara Village, Dutsin-ma LGA.
During the course of the investigation, the suspect, under the command of one Abubakar Jankare, a suspected notorious bandit leader, was revealed to have conspired with three others Usman Modi-Modi, Auta Nokia, and Sule Malam Aibo, among others at large to ambush the late Area Commander Dutsinma, ACP Aminu Umar, in an encounter that led to the deaths of the officer and one other officer.
The suspect was said to have confessed to the crime and further investigations are reportedly ongoing.
The command also confirmed the arrest of a 35-year-old suspected notorious arm smuggler, Ibrahim Abdullahi, alias Dogo, of Sabon Garin Dunburawa village in Batsari Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.
Abdullahi was reportedly arrested around 10:30 pm on September 2 at Rahamawa quarters of the Katsina metropolis, after having been trailed.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) added that 404 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition were recovered in his possession after a search was conducted.
He maintained that the suspect had in the course of interrogation confessed to committing the offence and further stated that he received the exhibits alongside one Yakuba, alias Dan Kwandago, of Kankara LGA, and one Salisu at Wukari LGA, Taraba State, both at large.
“Efforts are on with a view to arresting the fleeing suspects as investigations are ongoing,” he said.
Similarly, the command arrested one Saminu Usman, a suspected notorious kidnapper aged 19 years old, of Tsambe village, Jibia LGA, in connection with a case of kidnapping perpetrated on May 14, 2023, at Tashar Hurera village, Jibia LGA.
“The fact of the case is that on the same date, a report of kidnapping of one Usman Shu’aibu, ‘m’, age 5 years old, of Tashar Hurera village, Jibia LGA, was received at the Jibia Divisional Police Headquarters through one Shu’aibu Salisu, ‘m’, of the same address,” Abubakar said.
“On that fateful day, the kidnappers contacted the father of the victim and demanded the sum of N600,000 and three Android phones as ransom, to which the father obliged and secured the release of his son.
“Upon receipt of the report, detectives were detailed to investigate and succeeded in tracking down and arresting the suspect in Lambata, Niger State.
“During the course of the investigation, the suspect confessed to the commission of the offence and further stated that he conspired with one Rabe, ‘m’, now at large, to perpetrate the heinous act. The investigation is ongoing.”
In the meantime, the command, on September 7, succeeded in arresting a suspected paedophile, Haruna Wanzam, alias Baba Tsoho, a male aged 65 of Abuja quarters, Katsina Metropolis, for sexually assaulting a four-year-old girl.
A report was said to have been made against the suspect at the Dandagoro Divisional Police Headquarters by the father of the victim.
“Upon receipt of the report, detectives promptly swung into action and succeeded in arresting the suspect,” the PPRO stated.
“During the course of the investigation, it was revealed that the suspect took advantage of the absence of the girl’s parents, who were away on a visit, and lured and molested the girl.
“The suspect confessed to the commission of the offense while the investigation is ongoing.”