Po­lice smash fake cur­rency syndicate

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Balarabe Alka­s­sim, Bauchi

The Bauchi State Po­lice Com­mand has ar­rested armed rob­bery sus­pects and busted a 419 syndicate.

The Po­lice com­mand’s spokesper­son, SP Haruna Mo­hammed, said the rob­bery sus­pects were ar­rested in Toro Lo­cal Govern­ment Area and that a Peu­geot 607 and a BMW car were recovered from them.

He said that the gang, num­ber­ing about 10, had stormed the res­i­dence of one Mo­hammed Dan Azumi Ab­dul­ra­haman (Uban­doma) of Magama Gu­mau in Toro LGA of Bauchi State, dis­armed two pri­vate se­cu­rity guards and robbed the com­plainant of his Peu­geot 607 Mo­tor ve­hi­cle and other valu­able items.

He gave the names of the sus­pects as Saleh Ahmed Bichi alias Saleh Toro, Musa Ali Jaguar of Magama town, Ab­du­lazeez Gambo also of Magama town.

In an­other de­vel­op­ment, the po­lice spokesper­son said the com­mand ar­rested two mem­bers of a 419 syndicate that spe­cial­ized in print­ing fake cur­ren­cies.

Ac­cord­ing to him, sus­pected coun­ter­feit cur­ren­cies which in­cluded 138 pieces of 100 Amer­i­can dol­lars and 106 pieces of 1000 naira notes were found on the sus­pects.

SP Haruna added that sub­stances sus­pected to be mer­cury and a bot­tle con­tain­ing charms were recovered from the sus­pects. An Ibadan High Court yes­ter­day sen­tenced a for­mer fac­tional chair­man of the Na­tional Union of Road Trans­port Work­ers (NURTW) in Oyo state, Al­haji Mukaila Lamidi (a.k.a Aux­il­iary) to six years im­pris­on­ment for his cul­pa­bil­ity in the Iwo Road may­hem of 2014 in which sev­eral per­sons were killed, in­clud­ing a fi­nal year med­i­cal stu­dent and stu­dent union leader, Adekunle Oladipupo.

Also sen­tenced were Sa­heed Ka­reem, Abu Ka­reem, Kazeem Kay­ode and Taiwo Ti­jani.

Mukaila Lamidi and the other mem­bers of the ri­val trans­port union who were ar­rested over the Ibadan may­hem had been charged to court for mur­der, at­tempted mur­der and con­spir­acy.

Hon. Jus­tice Eni Esan, while de­liv­er­ing judg­ment in the case, how­ever ex­on­er­ated the union lead­ers from charges of mur­der and at­tempted mur­der re­spec­tively but found them guilty of con­spir­acy, and sen­tenced them to six years im­pris­on­ment.

Yobe State Gover­nor Ibrahim Gaidam (right) with the Chief Judge of Borno State, Jus­tice Kashim Zanna prayers for the re­pose of the Chief Judge’s late un­cle , Al­haji Garba Satomi when the gover­nor vis­ited to con­dole with the Satomi fam­ily in Maiduguri yes­ter­day

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