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Anti-terror score card: Nigeria Police nab supplier of notorious bandit



Suspects, exhibits paraded by Nigerian police

Police in Abuja say it has in custody suppliers of military equipments to notorious terror and banditry cell, adding that its newly formed FID-STS is responding in kind to insecurity challenges in the country.

Among those arrested, says police is one dismissed Air force officer, a civilian and their serving military affiliates who were picked while moving military accoutrements from Kaduna to Zamfara state.

They caught in Shinkafi LGA while trying to supply these equipment to bandits.

The claim too that this arrest is the high point of their score card in the war against insurgency, terror and banditry.

The Police also disclosed that in the last two weeks, its operatives attached to Force Tactical Squads have arrested about 72 Suspects, 34 out of which are kidnap suspects, made 22 rescues and several other recoveries.

Parading the suspects at the IRT Headquarters in Abuja, on Tuesday, the Force Spokesperson, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi said 10 sets of military camouflage uniforms, 10 pieces of camel pack and many other items have been recovered as exhibits from the suspects.

He also revealed that, while the civilian suspects involved in the criminal acts are detained at the Police facility, as their serving military counterparts are being tried by the military.

“On 20, December 2023, operatives of the FID-STS intercepted the movement of military equipment from Kaduna to Zamfara state precisely Shinkafi LGA.

“In the process, a spot search was conducted and the following items were recovered; 10 sets of military camouflage uniforms, 10 pieces of camel pack, 12 military hats, 3 cardigans, 3 t-shirts, 2 belts, and 3 anklets.

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“The two suspects, namely Mushiri Abubakar, male, 28 years and Ahmed Mohammed, also male, aged 40 years, were arrested.

“Mushiri Abubakar is a childhood friend of one Airforce personnel attached to the Airforce base in Kaduna state who served for only five years before being court marshaled and introduced the idea of selling military accoutrements to Mushiri Abubakar,” the police officer disclosed.

Further investigation revealed that Abubakar had supplied military materials to the Notorious, Bello Turji, the police said.”

The Force Spokesperson further disclosed that, one Anas Murtala, who belong to notorious motorcycle snatching gang that steals motorcycles and sold them to bandits was arrested with “Ladies’ Motorcycle and Mobile Phones.”

Adejobi said, “Operatives of the FID-STS acting on credible intelligence, went after a notorious gang specialized in attacking motorcyclists and dispossessing them of their motorcycles.

“The operation led to the arrest of one Anas Murtala, male of Markarfi LGA Kaduna State.

“Upon arrest and consequent interrogation, the suspect confessed to being part of this notorious gang and also confessed to having received over 19 different motorcycles which he had sold.

“The suspect is cooperative and investigation is still ongoing to arrest other members of the syndicate,” Adejobi said.

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