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Police arrest suspected bandits’ fuel suppliers in Kano

By Murtala Adewale, Kano
20 October 2021   |   3:50 am
Kano State Police Command has intercepted two suspected fuel dealers, who supply petroleum products to bandits in neighbouring Katsina State.

Anti-graft boss faces forgery charges

Kano State Police Command has intercepted two suspected fuel dealers, who supply petroleum products to bandits in neighbouring Katsina State.

The male suspects, who were apprehended in two J5 vehicles in Fagge area of the state, were in possession of five filled 25 litres containers of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) en route Jibiya Local Council of Katsina.

Jibiya and neighbouring villages have been parts of the troubled zones in Katsina where bandits had brought normal life on hold.

A statement issued to journalists by Kano police spokesman, DSP Abdullahi Haruna, yesterday, disclosed that the suspects – Musbahu Rabi’u (31) and the driver, Jamilu Abdullahi (37), both from Jibiya town in Katsina – had confessed supplying fuel to unknown customers, who regularly purchase the product at high price in Jibiya.

The statement reads: “On October 15, 2021 about 1230 hours, a team of policemen led by CSP Abubakar Hamma, while on intelligence patrol at Fagge, intercepted two J5 motor vehicles loaded with foodstuff. On stop and search, five 25-litre jerry cans filled with PMS put in an empty sack, disguised as bag of sugar, were recovered from one of the vehicles. Two suspects were arrested, Musbahu Rabi’u and the driver, Jamilu Abdullahi of Jibiya.”

IN another development, the suspended Chairman of Kano Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission, Muhuyi Rimin-Gada, may be arraigned before the state’s magistrate court for alleged forgery and false information.

Rimin-Gado, who got administrative bail after honouring the police invitation on the same charges, may be facing stringent prosecution this time, The Guardian gathered.

Suspended following the recommendation of the assembly, Rimin-Gado is contending with a petition written against the state’s Accountant General.

Although, a court of competent jurisdiction has granted an ex parte order barring the police or any agent of the state from arresting, harassing or intimidating the ex-anti-graft boss, it was learnt that the police have concluded fresh First Information Report (FIR) before a magistrate court.

It was learnt that Muktar, a relative of the suspect was released hours later with a caveat to produce the accused before the magistrate today. Police spokesman, Abdullahi Kiyawa, confirmed that the charges of alleged forgery and false information would resume.