From Yakubu Mustapha Minna
Criminals last Sunday night took advantage of the cross over service attended by some residents of Kpagungu and Gbaganu areas of Minna the Niger state capital to ransack houses and cart away numerous valuable items.
It was reliably gathered that the hoodlums were said to have been allegedly led by the son of a serving security operative nicknamed “Susu”.
“Susu” described as a notorious criminal was said to have just completed a 6 month jail term in Abuja before returning to Minna to lead the New Years Eve operation.
Investigation further revealed that not less than ten houses were raided between Sunday and Monday morning when their owners were away praying to God for a blissful 2018.
Ironically apart from one of the houses where a trace of break- in was observed, owners of the remaining buildings could not say how the hoodlums gained entry into their residences.
An associate professor at the Federal University of Technology (name withheld) who was among those whose house was sacked said he and his wife lost valuable items to the thieves including unspecified amount of money.
Moreso, a widow with her children lost all their electronics, lap top, clothes and other expensive materials to the invaders.
“The thieves even went with the pot of soup we have prepared to celebrate the new year” the widow narrated to sympathisers.
She said one of the electronics stolen was recovered when men of the vigilante chased “susu” making him to drop the item and took to his heels but was arrested and handed over to the police.
Also the Transport Officer (TO) in Government House was attacked in his resident by some criminals carted away his Matrix car, money and other valuables according to report he had reported to the security agencies on the matter.
Another victim, a welder lost all the prefabricated doors and windows he had constructed and left in his shop before retiring for the day.
It was also gathered that one man was stabbed in the hand when he resisted the attempt by the thieves to forcefully dispossess him of his hand set in his house.
The kpagungu police station was a beehive of activities on Monday as victims brought one report or the other about theft in their houses.
One of the victims complained that the police did not cooperate with them but instead shielded “susu” the suspected leader of the gang of thieves.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer ASP Peter Sunday confirmed the incident saying one 28 year old Isa Bature had been arrested in connection with the operation.
ASP Sunday also said that four pots were recovered along with other items but did not say from where, added that the suspect would be charged to court soon.