From Lawal Sa’idu Funtua, Katsina
The Police in Katsina has arrested female member of a notorious motorcycle snatching syndicate.
The female member, Zinatu Abubakar, aged 18, belongs to a gang that specializes in motorcycle theft within the state and beyond.
Similarly, the command has also arrested a gang of three notorious armed robbers and two underage kidnappers, following a tip off
The state commissioner of police, Mohammed Wakili in a statement made available to newsmen said the arrests were made possible by officers and men of the command.
“Today 29/08/2018 at about 10:00hrs, based on a tip off, the Command succeeded in arresting a female member of a notorious syndicate of motorcycle thieves that specializes in deceiving unsuspecting Okada motorcycle riders by offering them poisoned chocolates”.
According to him, nemesis caught up with the female suspect, when she chattered an Okada commercial motorcyclist, and attempt to poison him
While on motion, the statement added, she brought out a chocolate sweet and offered it to the said Okada rider, whom after taking the sweet immediately fell off the motorcycle and became unconscious.
However, with the good efforts of good Samaritans who witnessed the incident, the said suspect Zinatu Abubakar was arrested while her cohorts, one Abubakar and Chairman took to their heels and escaped.
The statement maintained that, the suspects have confessed to the crime, as the same modus operandi was used in Kaduna and Kano to rob innocent cyclists of their of motorcycles.
The statement added that efforts is on top gear by the command to arrest other members of the syndicate.
In a related development, the Command has succeeded in bursting a notorious armed robbery syndicate that has been disturbing commuters along Kankia – Kusada – Kano road.
Nemesis caught up with one Rabe Aliyu of Macinjin village, Kankia LGA of Katsina state, Tukur Alhaji Mati and Maharazu Abubakar both of Saifawa village, Kusada LGA of Katsina state, when they blocked the Kusada – Kano highway, armed with dangerous weapons.
They robbed the occupants of a motor vehicle a Volkswagen, Gulf III, green in colour, with registration No. NSR 574 AG, driven by one Sani Isyaku of Brigade Quarters, Kano of their money, handsets and other belongings.
In the course of Investigation, victims have identified the suspected robbers to be the ones that robbed them. Furthermore, two handsets and a bag belonging to the victims were recovered from the suspects during the police search.
Other exhibits recovered from the suspects include the sum of N86,700:00k, Four GSM Handsets,
One black Jincheng motorcycle with reg. No. QB 264 KSD, five long sticks, a bag containing ATM/voters card/pair of clothes and one Sachet of Tramadol tablet.
Similarly, the Command has arrested a notorious armed robbery and kidnapping for ransom syndicate terrorizing Kafur, Danja and Malumfashi LGA areas of Katsina state.
“On 17/08/2018 at about 00:30hrs, One Ibrahim Ali, aged 18yrs and Usman Yusuf alias ‘Gwiwa’, aged 30yrs both of Gozaki village, Kafur LGA of Katsina state and others now at large, armed with dangerous weapons attacked the house of one Alh. Musa Adamu of Gozaki village, Kafur LGA of Katsina state, robbed him of unspecified amount of money and other valuables, and kidnapped his 14yrs old daughter to an unknown destination.
The suspects have confessed to the masterminding of the kidnappings of two girls, one at Hunkuyi LGA of Kaduna state in which they extorted the sum of five hundred thousand Naira (N500,000:00k) as a ransom from the family of the victim and another at Gozaki in Kafur LGA of Katsina state which the victim escaped from their custody.