Police in Sokoto state have paraded a dismissed police officer and four others over criminal conspiracy, armed robbery, kidnapping and extortion of money in the state.

Parading the suspects, the commissioner of police in the state, Muhammad Usaini Gumel said some armed men attacked and inflicted serious injuries on a male victim and carted away his
Cell phone, after kidnapping a female victim who was later rescued by some people in Wamako LGA

The police commissioner said the command had later arrested the remaining four suspects in connection with the crime including the dismissed police officer.

The commissioner said the command also arrested one Abubakar Aliyu, who was sighted while on admission at Orthopedic Hospital Wamakko receiving treatment.

“Aliyu was identified by a victim’s brother to be among those who on July 21, conspired with others and kidnapped a 55-year-old person in Takwacho village of Tambuwal LGA of the state.

Muhammad Gumel said the suspects demanded the sum of three million naira as ransom and later when the victim’s father went to pay the aforesaid amount to secure his release, the culprits collected the money, killed both the victim and the father.

Gumel added that the suspect, during investigation confessed to conspiring with two others and kidnapped the deceased As well as many others.

The CP said the police recovered
one live AK-47 ammunition and a cellphone containing Bank alert details of UBA

“Other items recovered include operational wears and a charm vest,” he added.

Gumel said that the police also arrested another suspected gang of five armed robbers who allegedly conspired and ransacked a house in Wamakko LGA and made away with eight hundred thousand naira.

“Other arrests were those of 17 suspects that include two women over alleged possession of hard drugs and other dangerous weapons in Sokoto South LGA.

“The command had also with the support of vigilante group in Rabah LGA, recovered 96 sheep and three cows from bandits who stormed Yar Tsakuwa District of the area,” he said.


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