Police arrest four suspected armed robbers in Plateau community
Recover 1 AK47 rifle, other ammunitions
Operatives of Force Intelligence Bureau and Intelligence Response Team (FIB/IRT) of the Nigeria Police have arrested four suspected armed robbery kingpins terrorising Shendam area and other neighbouring communities in Plateau State.
IRT arrested the suspects after receiving several complaints from residents on the activities of the gang in the locality.
The suspects include: Mij Yawa Buba, 36; Saidu Manu Saleh, 30; Saleh Musa, 20 and Ibrahim Deri, 27 , all natives of Shendam in Plateau State.
According to police sources, Saleh Musa, the key suspect, was nabbed in a raid through actionable intelligence that he was looking for an AK47 rifle to buy in the town.
“When interrogated by the Police on why he was looking for the rifle, he named Ibrahim (alias Alhaji) as one of the gang members in their syndicate, which was responsible for major robbery and kidnapping operations.
“The investigation by the police team also led to the arrest of Miji Yawa Buba, who lives at Angwar Yargam in the same community where the rifle was found and recovered by officers of the Force.” The source said.
In his confessional statement, Saidu said that he conspired with some of his cousins, namely: Alhaji Bareli Bello; Hussaini Bello; Abdo Baleri’ Isa Baleri and Ibrahim Baleri as well as his two younger brothers, Yuguda Saidu and Yahaya Saidu (now late) to buy AK 47 for the protection of their
He also said that they bought the rifle from one Baba Mallam at Yelwa for the sum of N300,000.00, adding that it was usually kept at the house of Alhaji Baleri.
On his own part, Saleh Saidu said it was Alhaji Ibrahim Deri that asked him to look for 60 rounds of ammunitions for the rifle at Shendam, saying that they had a good relationship.
He claimed that he has participated in an armed robbery at a provision store owned by one Alhaji Muntari in Shendam and robbed him of N200,000.00, but denied involvement in any kidnapping.
“From Intelligence gathered, the gang was also alleged to have robbed many people in the town and also pharmacy outlets, of which one of the pharmacists identified as Ibrahim Babawuro in the Shendam community sustained gunshot wounds during the robbery operation.
“One of the suspects claimed he only pulled the trigger to test the gun. He denied knowledge of the gang leader Saleh.
“However, in his statement, he told the Police team that he is a Cattle rearer and owns a herd of thirty cattle.
“Exhibits recovered from the crime scene include: one AK 47 assault rifle and some assorted ammunition.
“The Inspector-General of Police IGP Usman Alkali Baba had earlier mandated the Police authorities to mop up all illegal arms and ammunition in circulation in the hands of criminals,” said police spokesperson, Olumuyiwa Adejobi
Adejobi also assured that the Commander of IRT, Tunji Disu had been directed to ensure that all those arrested in connection with violent crimes are promptly prosecuted in the law courts to serve as a deterrent to other criminals.