The Kano command of the Directorate of Security Services (DSS) has arrested four suspected kidnappers and five others for various offences, including car-snatching, armed robbery and cattle-rustling.
The Director of DSS in Kano, Malam Abdullahi Bello Chiranchi, while addressing journalist at their headquarters said the suspects were arrested based on credible intelligence network that saw operatives crossing to the neighboring Kaduna state.
“The suspects were subjected to various techniques of investigation, which led to confession to their crimes.”
He named the suspects to include Umar Ali Mainasara who was arrested at Kurna Asabe, Ali Mohammed who was arrested at Kwangila Fly-over in Zaria, Auwalu Mohammed and Habibu Haladu, arrested at Jaen area in Kumbotso Local Government Council.
They also confessed their involvement in car snatching and armed robbery.
They equally mentioned the names of some of their partners in the crime as Ibrahim Suleiman (aka Mallam Ibrahim) and Emmanuel Ogbonna (aka Emeka).”
“As we were on the trail of Mallam Ibrahim and Emeka,there was an intrusion into the residence of former NSA, Abdullahi Sarki Mukhtar. This led us to widen the scope of our investigation into the activities of these criminal elements,” stressed Charanchi
The DSS boss further explained that Emeka and Mallam Ibrahim were nabbed during their operation at former NSA’s house alongside Moses Okoye, Suleiman Magaji, Kabiru Salisu who was a house-keeper at the residence of the famous Islamic scholar in Kano, Sheikh Ishyaku Rabi’u.
According to him, upon their arrest, Kabiru was to lead the gang to the office of Abdulsamad Ishyaku Rabi’u’s office to steal money earmarked for the less privileged during the Ramadan season.
He identified Mohammed Ali as, “a very notorious kidnapper and cattle-rustler who has committed more atrocities in Kaduna state, as such, he was handed over to Kaduna state Command of the Service.”
He named items recovered during the operations to include” four pistols, two of which are Markrov models used by Nigeriene security agents, adding that it was Suleiman Magaji,a Nigerien, who supplied the pistols to Auwalu amd Mallam Ibrahim.”
Other recovered items include Pump Action Rifle recovered from Mainasara, 37 .9mm rounds of life ammunitions, money, diamond, gold, jewelry, brocade, expensive wrappers, vehicles belonging to Maimuna Ishaku Rabi’u and Habibu Abdullahi Mahmud.
He added that, “the criminals have also mentioned others who are still at large; but efforts are on with other sister agencies to apprehend them. Suspects will be arraigned in court at the end of the investigation.”