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Niger police nab 15 suspects over banditry, other crimes


The Niger State Police Command has successfully apprehended 15 suspects linked to a range of criminal activities, including banditry, kidnapping, arms dealing, car theft, defilement/rape, thuggery, and possession of illicit drugs.

The Commissioner of Police, Shawulu Danmamman, disclosed this information during a press briefing at the command headquarters in Minna on Saturday, emphasizing the commitment to minimizing crime and criminality in the state.

According to Commissioner Danmamman, the arrests were a result of the dedication of the police force in addressing security challenges within the state.

Among the apprehended suspects were individuals involved in kidnapping incidents, arms dealing, and other heinous crimes.

Danmamman stated, “In a follow-up operation, the operatives arrested Abubakar Hussaini of Anaba village, Buba Mohammed of Maje village, Mainasara Muhammadu of Takalafia, Ibeto all in Nasko and Ibrahim Abdullahi of Kontagora.

“The suspects invaded a residence at Isana village via Nasko, Magama local government area and kidnapped a male victim of about 20 years of age to an unknown destination.

“The suspects confessed to having collected a ransom of N1.6 million before releasing the victim.

“One of the suspects Buba Mohammed also confessed to being a member of another syndicate that blocked Genge-Ibeto Road and kidnapped a female victim, ganged raped her by four men, and collected a ransom of N1 million.”

Additionally, the police arrested two notorious armed bandits based on reliable information.

The Crack Squad detained Rabiu Yusuf, known as Rabee, at Tungan-Mallam Market area of Paiko, Paikoro LGA. Rabiu Yusuf admitted to being involved in various kidnapping activities and disclosed his affiliation with the Muware camp of bandits operating in several areas across the state.

The suspects are currently under investigation, cooperating with the police, and providing valuable information that may lead to the apprehension of others involved in criminal activities.