The Borno State Police Command has paraded five suspects, who confessed to stealing N23million cash from a parked vehicle at the Musa Usman Secretariat in Maiduguri, the state capital.
LEADERSHIP reports that last month, the news of the stolen money belonging to a Ministry in the state was making the rounds in the capital city, but no Ministry has owned up on the theft.
But briefing journalists in Maiduguri on Monday, the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Edet Okon, said the suspects, who also specialised in trailing unsuspecting victims, especially those leaving banks, broke into cars and steal money kept there.
SP Okon said: “Between 15/5/2021 and 28/5/2021, operatives of the command, in an intelligence-driven operation, arrested the following persons: Mallam Hamisu Alhaji Umar Samalia alias Dan Babur, Alhaji Habibu Garba alias Senator, Alhaji Ali Yahaya and Mari Paul; all suspects who specialise in trailing unsuspecting citizens – especially those just coming out from banks – break into their cars and steal monies kept therein.
“The suspects were trailed and arrested by crack operatives at different cities namely Maiduguri, Jos, Kano and Jalingo in Taraba State. Suspects, on interrogation confessed to stealing Twenty Three Million Naira (N23, 000, 000.00) from a vehicle parked inside Musa Usman Secretariat and another Two Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N2,500,000.00) from a vehicle belonging to one Aliyu Ali at a mosque here in Maiduguri.
“They equally confessed to carrying out these dastardly acts in Kano, Abuja, Sokoto, Zamfara, Jigawa, Jos, Yola, Damaturu and Jalingo. Exhibits recovered are: Five assorted motor vehicles, six fabricated duplicate car keys, corrosive substances used in breaking vehicle glasses/windscreen and Fourteen Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira (₦14, 500,000.00).”
Meanwhile, the PPRO also revealed that on 29/04/2021 at about 2100hrs, the Command received a report through G.R.A Division that, at about 20:45hrs, some hoodlums operating in a black Golf vehicle attacked and robbed a PoS operator at Circular Road, Polo Area of Maiduguri of the sum of N2,500,000.00.
He said on the receipt of the report, the Command launched a manhunt for the criminals and consequently, one Akachukwu Emmanuel was arrested at Lamisula Police Division, adding that his confession led to the arrest of one of his accomplices, a certain Isa Goni at Kano Municipality.
He said other accomplices who are at large are still being trailed by operatives of the Command, adding that exhibits recovered from the robbers include one black Golf Saloon vehicle with registration No: ASU 230 MU and two PoS Machines and other accessories
The Police spokesman further said that on 23/06/2021 at about 2230hrs, following a tip-off, two suspects namely: Mallam Mati and Abba Ibrahim were arrested at Jajeri ward, Maiduguri while in possession of about 1005kg of dried leaves suspected to be Cannabis Sativa with an estimated value of N3,500,000.00.
“Exhibit Recovered: 1005kg of dried leaves suspected to be Cannabis Sativa. All suspects will be charged to court at the conclusion of investigations,” Okon added.