Task force raids Kano, arrests 840

Weekly Trust - - News - Yusha’u A. Ibrahim, Kano

AJoint Task Force com­pris­ing the po­lice, civil de­fense corps, His­bah, KAROTA and vig­i­lante mem­bers raided some iden­ti­fied crim­i­nal hide­outs in Kano yes­ter­day and ar­rested 840 peo­ple sus­pected to be mis­cre­ants, in­clud­ing for­eign­ers.

Parad­ing the sus­pects be­fore news­men, the po­lice spokesman, DSP Ma­gaji Musa Ma­jia, said 111 were for­eign­ers. He said 101 were from Niger Repub­lic, one from Ghana, one from Gam­bia and one from Sierra Leone.

Ma­jia said the sus­pects in­cluded 67 mi­nors, 112 women and 544 men, adding that 90 per­cent of the women were pros­ti­tutes.

He added that 53 of the ar­rested adults from the North-east were un­der­go­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tion.

“Po­lice launched the spe­cial op­er­a­tion fol­low­ing a se­cu­rity re­port that some in­sur­gents from the North- east were plan­ning to launch an at­tack on Kano and we suc­ceeded in ar­rest­ing 53 per­sons who came from that re­gion. Who­ever among them is found to be ter­ror­ist will face the wrath of the laws,” he said.

The po­lice spokesman added that the for­eign­ers among them would be handed over to the Nige­rian Im­mi­gra­tion Ser­vice for de­por­ta­tion to their re­spec­tive coun­tries.

He pointed out that while the sus­pected pros­ti­tutes would be taken to court, the mi­nors would be handed over to their re­spec­tive par­ents. He said the op­er­a­tion would be sus­tained for some­time and urged mem­bers of the pub­lic to sup­port se­cu­rity agen­cies with use­ful in­for­ma­tion that would help re­duce crime in the state. The sus­pects were ar­rested at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in­clud­ing the rail­way sta­tion, SabonGari, Abedi road, Gap Ho­tel, Kantin Kwari mar­ket, Ko­far Ruwa mar­ket, Sani Giwa, IBB Way, Wam­bai and Singer mar­kets.

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