Task force raids Kano, arrests 840
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.