Juliana Francis

The Zamfara State Police Command has arrested two men, who allegedly specialised in kidnapping and cattle rustling in some parts of Gusau and Bukkuyum local government areas.

The State’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), a Superintendent of Police (SP), Mr Mohammed Shehu, identified the suspects as Sujora Almande, 20 and Bage Mohammed, 40.

Shehu said: “Within the week under review, Police Tactical Operatives while on confidence building patrol along Gusau – Funtua road, acted on intelligence information that led to the arrest of the notorious bandit’s kingpin named Sujora Almandawi as one of the bandits terrorising villages in Tsafe, Kotorkoshi, Damba and some outskirts of Gusau. Further intelligence information revealed that the suspect was involved in several attacks on villages, cattle rustling, kidnapping and other related crimes along these routes.  In the course of interrogation, the suspect confessed to serial kidnapping and cattle rustling in more than 10 communities in Gusau, Tsafe and Bungudu LGAs, where they collected millions of Naira from the relations of victims as ransom. The suspect further confessed to rustling an unspecified number of cows.”

The image maker further explained that in the case of Bage Mohammed, he was arrested by the joint Police and Vigilante while on confidence-building patrol along Anka – Bukkuyum road. The arrest was a sequel to an intelligence report received about the suspect and his involvement in the attack on some villages in Bukkuyum and the kidnapping of 11 persons in Dargaji village. In the course of the investigation, the suspect confessed to several attacks, kidnappings and rustling of an unspecified number of cows and sheep in some parts of Anka, Bukkuyum and Gummi LGAs.The suspect is currently assisting the Police with useful information for more arrest and recovery.”

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