The Bauchi state police command has arrested 185 suspected armed robbers, kidnappers, cattle rustlers and other criminals during its operations between August and September 2019.
State Commissioner of police CP Habu Sani disclosed this Monday while briefing newsmen on the successful operations carried out by the police in the state within the last two months.
“So far, the Command tactical teams attached to Operation Puff Adder have between the months of August and September, 2019 arrested one hundred and eighty five (185) suspects in connection with armed robbery, kidnapping, cattle rustling, Babeli activities, vandalism and theft of electric cable, dealing with counterfeit currency, cultivation of weeds suspected to be cannabis/ Indian hemp, criminally changing IMEI numbers of stolen/robbed cell phones and other heinous crimes in Bauchi state.”
According to him, the suspects also include two suspects responsible for many robbery cases including the recent attempted armed robbery at Shafa filling station along Bauchi- Jos road and another two suspects who impersonated the state governor Bala Mohammed and defrauded innocent members of the public the sum of N37 million.
“In the name of payment for 2019 Hajj pilgrimage. One of the suspects by name Sukni Zakka acted as the personal assistant (PA) to the governor while the other Iliyasu Ibrahim alias “Du” acted as the governor during phone conversation.
“The impostor PA usually lured his unsuspecting victims and defrauded them by putting a call to the impostor governor which in return answered the call and assured them a Hajj slot.” He explained.
The police commissioner noted that out of the 185 suspects arrested, 138 were charged to court while 47 are still in the Command custody undergoing investigation.