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Kaduna: Police arrest 2 suspected bandits, recover 5 vehicles 

Kaduna state Police command has arrested two suspected bandits, one near the Agoro Level Crossing in Zaria, and the other in Kakura, Millennium City, Kaduna state, while recovering one AK-47 rifle. 

The Police also recovered five suspected stolen vehicles.

A 37-year old man was arrested with AK-47 rifle near the Agoro Level Crossing Area, in Zaria following a routine Police patrol, another suspect was arrested while travelling on a motorcycle along bandits’ route at Kakura, Millennium City and thought to be heading towards Eastern Bypass, one Jincheng Motorcycle was recovered from them, the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Mansir Hassan, said in a statement on Saturday. 

“At about 0310 hours on June 6, 2024, while conducting a routine patrol near the Agoro Level Crossing area, a team from the Tudun Wada Division in Zaria, intercepted a suspect identified as Babangida Sani, a 37-year-old male from Faskari Local Government Area in Katsina state. He was traveling from Jos to Faskari and had boarded a commercial motorcycle en route the Flyover Garage. During search, the officers discovered an AK-47 rifle in the suspect’s possession. The motorcycle rider, upon witnessing the search, fled the scene but was promptly arrested and taken into custody by the officers.

“In the same vein, on June 4, 2024, at 1800 hours, the Anti-Car Theft Unit of the SCID, acted swiftly on a tip-off and recovered two abandoned vehicles, a Toyota Matrix (Reg No: DKA 321 TT) and a Toyota Camry LE (Reg No: KGK 114 AA), in Mogadishu, Kaduna. The following day, on June 5, 2024, at about 1215 hours, a white Toyota Hilux van (Reg No: GWA 845 CY), reported stolen from Karji Junction, was also recovered at Yazid Hotel on Ali Akilu Road, Kaduna.

“Further investigations led to the arrest of three suspects: Sa’ad Abdullahi, Salihu Musa, and Usman Zubairu Ganu, all from Zamfara state. They were found in possession of two additional vehicles, a Honda Accord (Reg No: RBC 143 MQ) and a Mercedes Benz (Reg No: BKD 137 SB), also suspected to be stolen.

“In another operation On June 5, 2024, at about 2105 hours, the DPO Millennium City Division received a report from the Sabon Gida vigilante group in Maraban Rido Village, Sabo Gida, and arrested three armed men on a motorcycle seen heading through a known bandit route towards the Eastern Bypass. The men were suspected to be carrying concealed rifles. Acting swiftly, the DPO mobilised a combined team of Police patrol officers, a military strike force, and local vigilantes. An ambush was set at strategic locations, leading to the interception of the suspects near Kakura 2 Village along Umar Musa Yar’Adua Way.

“Two of the suspects managed to escape, but the motorcycle rider, identified as Buhari Madaki, 26, was captured along with his red Jincheng motorcycle. Upon questioning, Madaki was unable to provide a satisfactory explanation for taking the dangerous route late at night. Further discreet investigation into all the above incident is ongoing.

“The Commissioner of Police Kaduna state Police command, CP Audu Ali Dabigi, assures the public that the Command remains committed to maintaining safety and security within the state and appreciates the cooperation of the public in these efforts,” ASP Hassan added.