From Gambo Ahmed, Lafia
Luck ran out of hand for a seven man gang that specializes in theft and motorcycle snatching popularly known as Bajaj within Lafia metropolis and its environs as a team of the State NSCDC apprehended them while executing their nefarious activities in Akunza village along Makurdi road 2 kilometers away from the Lafia city town.
They were nabbed following tips from the communities which aided the intelligent unit of the NSCDC to take swift action.
Parading the seven man gang yesterday at the NSCDC State Command Headquarters in Lafia, the State Capital, the NSCDC Commandant Dr. Muhammad Mahmoud Fari said that the gang have been terrorizing residents of Lafia and Akunza along Makurdi Road on daily basis.
According to him, “One of the gang leader, named James Vincent from Makurdi was arrested at the Federal University Lafia following complaints on his activities and one Madaki Sidi is their dealer. He buys stolen motorcycles from the snatchers. One of the suspects also threatens to kill his mother claiming that she eliminated him from the family.”
Mahmoud Fari continues that “Madaki Sidi and James Vincent were ex-convict from the Lafia Correctional Service and later regrouped again to continue with their criminal activities. They are the principal actors. I assured you that our men NSCDC will not relent in the fight against criminality in the state. We promise to work assiduously to rid the bad elements in the society. I call on the general public to always give useful information to our men. All of the suspects will be charge to court for prosecution.”
While in an interview with journalists, the two principal actors Vincent James and Madaki Sidi confessed to pressmen that they committed the said crime.
According to Madaki Sidi, “I sell dead meat (Mushe) in Hausa language every day in Akunza. Myself and James Vincent met in Lafia prison. We served jail terms together but on different offences. But I was in my shade selling meat when James Vincent brought a Bajaj motorcycle telling me that it was for sale. I priced the motorcycle up to 70 thousand naira. And in the process we were caught by the NSCDC officers”
Mahmoud Fari further appealed to the public to be security conscious of their environment assuring that NSCDC will continue to beam its search light on the criminal elements in the state until when they relocate elsewhere.