JUST IN: Police in Kano nab three Boko Haram members, 84 suspected criminals


Police in Kano State on Friday paraded three suspected Boko Haram insurgents nabbed at some points in the state.

The state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu who paraded the self-confessed Boko Haram insurgents expressed concern that the dreaded group is making moves to penetrated Kano again, but assured that security agencies are always on their trail.

According to him, one of the suspected insurgents was arrested in a popular hotel in the Sabon Gari axis, densely populated by Nigerians of various ethnic nationalities, while the other two were apprehended during a raid at their hideout within Kano metropolis.

CP IIliyasu further hinted that one of the insurgents was heading towards Adamawa state from Abuja where he is billed to provide information for a possible, but made a stop-over in Kano where he was eventually nabbed by the police in a hotel.

The Police boss revealed that the three suspected terrorists who were arrested at different times and locations voluntarily confessed to be members of the Boko Haram terrorist group.

Other suspects were paraded for various offences ranging from kidnapping, armed robbery, theft, and banditry.

He also stated that three kidnapping suspects were also arrested by a team of police men drafted from Kano to Kaduna for abducting a four-year old girl, Khadijat Riliwanu of Naibawa Quarters, who was rescued at the residence of the female suspects.

“On 4 July, 2019, a team of Puff Adder detectives arrested one Ibrahim Musa of Ungwar Rimi in Kaduna. On interrogation, two female suspects of the same address were arrested and a victim, one Khadijat Riliwanu, four years old of Wailari Quarters, Kano was rescued at the resident of the female suspects, while investigation is in progress,” he added.

More so, CP Iliyasu stated that, “10 bandits were intercepted at Koki Quarters in a Toyota Hiace Bus heading to Badawa Quarters.

“When the vehicle was searched, they were found to be in possession of 22 various dangerous weapons, including long knives, short knives, large quantity of hard drugs, and intoxicating/ hallucinating substances, with new weapons of violence known in local parlance as ‘fate-fate tsitaka and barandami”

He added that 61 suspects were arrested at various criminal hideouts, while one Aminu who graduated from Kano University of Science and Technology, now undergoing a Master Degree progarmme at Bayero University, Kano (BUK), was arrested alongside his accomplice for stabbing the night guard of the University and was found to be in possession of 15 stolen laptops.

“Six armed robbers and kidnap suspects were arrested while Bashir Sani of Rimin Kebbe Quarters, Kano was apprehended in possession of a single barrel gun loaded with 15 rounds of cartridges.

“During investigation, another one locally-made gun, one chemical/pepper spray, one jack knife, one walkie-talkie, one handcuff and a police belt were recovered from him,” he stated.

According to him, over 122 suspects that were arrested and paraded two weeks ago have been charged to various courts of law within the state for prosecution, adding those arrested now would be charged to court after investigation as well.

Items recovered from the suspects include 15 laptop computer; 26 parcels, 250 raps and other large quantities of Indian hemp; three stolen motor vehicles; 18 live ammunitions; 16 live cartridges; eight cut lasses; 32 clubs; 43 knives 32 sachets of Diazapam tablets and 220 bottles of Suck-and-die.

He said Operation Puff Adder which is currently yielding positive results as witnessed recently would be sustained throughout the state until all non-repentant criminal elements are arrested and brought before the law.

The police boss, however, expressed his gratitude to Kano residents, stating that, “we appreciate the good people of the state and appeal to law-abiding members of the public to continue to cooperate with the Command with a view to achieve a crime-free Kano state.”

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