CRIME Po­lice ar­rest 2 mo­tor­cy­cle thieves in Ji­gawa

1 rob­ber killed, 3 oth­ers ar­rested in Enugu

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - From Tony Adibe, Enugu From Aliyu M. Ha­m­agam, Dutse

Op­er­a­tives of the Trans-Ekulu Divi­sion of Enugu State Po­lice Com­mand yes­ter­day gunned down one no­to­ri­ous armed rob­ber and ar­rested three of his col­leagues who were wounded dur­ing the gun duel.

The state Po­lice Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer (PPRO), Ebere Amaraizu, who con­firmed the in­ci­dent in a state­ment, said the sus­pected rob­bers, had been ter­ror­is­ing Enugu res­i­dents.

He added that the rob­bers, armed with pump ac­tion ri­fles, had gone to rob res­i­dents of a house lo­cated at Onu­akpa Street Trans-Ekulu, Enugu when a dis­tress call came to the po­lice who quickly went into ac­tion.

Amaraizu said the rob­bers had al­ready fin­ished rob­bing their vic­tims and were about to abduct one of the oc­cu­pants of the house, a 76-year-old Mercy Chi­jioke in her car be­fore the op­er­a­tives stormed the scene and en­gaged the rob­bers in a fierce bat­tle.

“In the en­su­ing gun bat­tle, one of the sus­pects was gunned down and later con­firmed dead while oth­ers were fa­tally in­jured and ar­rested,” Amaraizu stated

The po­lice in Ji­gawa State have ar­rested two no­to­ri­ous mo­tor­cy­cle thieves, Sadiq Sani and Idris Has­san, who spe­cialise in steal­ing mo­tor­cy­cles at bank premises in Dutse Metropo­lis.

The Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice in the state, Rasheed Ak­in­tunde, told Daily Trust over the week­end that the sus­pects who used a lo­cally fab­ri­cated mas­ter key, were part of the gang that had been ter­ror­is­ing bank cus­tomers in Dutse.

The CP said the sus­pects were both res­i­dents of Gwale Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area in Kano State. He said when in­ves­ti­ga­tion deep­ened, the sus­pects con­fessed to have stolen the mo­tor­cy­cle which be­longed to one Su­rajo Mo­hammed of Madobi vil­lage in Dutse Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area.

The CP said: “On July 3, 2017, po­lice on pa­trol in Dutse Metropo­lis sighted and sus­pected two young men try­ing to zoom off on a mo­tor­cy­cle, a Li­fan Bul­let model, at the premises of GTBank. When the po­lice­men ques­tioned the young men, they con­fessed to have stolen the mo­tor­cy­cle.

“The sus­pects fur­ther con­fessed to have been re­spon­si­ble for the theft of some mo­tor­cy­cles around bank premises in Dutse. A mas­ter key was re­cov­ered from the sus­pects which they said be­longed to their gang leader, one Sad­dam, a res­i­dent of Gwale Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area in Kano State.

Speak­ing to this re­porter, one of the sus­pects, Idris Hass­san, said this was his first time of par­tic­i­pat­ing in such crime and that he went into it be­cause he had no job.

One of the three sus­pected rob­bers ar­rested in Enugu

Mo­tor­cy­cles thieves, Sadiq sani and Idris Has­san

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