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Police Arrest 8 Suspected Highway Robbers In Kaduna

The Kaduna State Police Command on Thursday said its operatives have arrested eight people on the Kaduna-Abuja expressway on suspicion of being highway robbers.

The command in a statement issued by its Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mr Mansir Hassan, said on Jan. 27 agents from Tollgate Divisional Headquarters detained seven individuals “while gearing up to operate” while on patrol along the Kaduna-Abuja road.

“The patrol team, at about 1100 hours, sighted and intercepted a suspicious vehicle with seven passengers who were met changing their clothing to seemingly operational ones.

“When accosted, they could not offer a plausible explanation, thus, they were moved to the divisional headquarters.

“In the course of the investigation, a locally fabricated pistol with three live 20 gauge shotgun cartridges were recovered from them.

“The seven suspects included Sheriff Abubakar, Hassan Adam, Nura Mustafa, Abdullahi Mohammed, Umar Mohammed, Umar Mohammed, and Isa Usman.

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“Another member of the syndicate, Yusuf Danmakurdi, was arrested by the Divisional Police Headquarters in Tafa.

“From our findings, the syndicate often attacks motorists along the Kaduna-Abuja highway. The worst hit are people whose vehicles have broken down.

“They attack mostly articulated vehicles carrying goods such as rice, beans, and electronics. They also attack fuel tanks.

“They usually move with an extra vehicle, a van or bus, into which they pack the aforementioned goods.

“In the case of a loaded fuel tank, they will restrain the driver and his partner in the bush, move with the tanker, sell the petroleum product, and abandon the vehicle,” he explained.

Hassan stated that the accused would be arraigned after the inquiry was completed.

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