The police have arrested an eight-man gang of armed robbers stated to be terrorising Abuja, Kogi and Kano states. Amongst them is Rekia Musa, a divorcee and Accounting graduate of the Kogi State College, who informed the police that she had solely been an informant for the gang for 4 months.
The police stated the gang had hyperlinks with a suspect, Zakeria Isiaka arrested not too long ago by the Inspector-Basic of Police Response Staff, alongside the Okene-Akure Expressway. It might be recalled that on November 5, Saturday PUNCH had reported Isiaka’s declare that he may have turn out to be the Chief Safety Officer of Kogi State if the late All Progressives Congress candidate within the governorship election in Kogi State, Abubakar Audu, had not die.
Others arrested together with Musa are Ismaila Abdulmumuni, Abu-Amidu Disu, Tenimu Musa, Boniface David, Aliu Isah and Danjuma Cyprian.
A police supply instructed Saturday PUNCH that the suspects confessed to have carried out a number of theft operations, together with an April 2015 operation in Abuja the place about N200m was stolen from some politicians.
In her assertion, Musa, popularly known as Hajia, defined that about 4 months in the past, one among her associates, Isha Mohammed, approached her and mentioned he knew some politicians who had stolen public cash and hidden them of their homes.
She stated, “He requested if I may assist him to get a attraction that may make it attainable for him to vanish, known as Etubi. He mentioned if he might disappear into the politician’s home and steal the cash unnoticed, he would give me a big minimize of the cash.
“I then travelled to my village in Agba Native Authorities Space of Kogi State and met a boy referred to as Tenimu. I instructed him concerning the plan and he promised that he might get the appeal.
“However as an alternative, Tenimu instructed his pals in regards to the cash. The chums have been armed robbers. They then got here and tricked me into taking them to the politician’s home in Kano State.”
In keeping with Musa, when the gang acquired to the home in Kano, they had been discouraged by the heavy presence of policemen and went again dwelling.
Nonetheless, she stated she grew to become upset as a result of the plan didn’t fall by way of.
“I believed targetting politicians who’ve stolen authorities cash was a good suggestion as a result of I used to be broke. Few days later, Isah received one other piece of details about an immigration officer based mostly in Lagos, who had stolen authorities cash.
“I contacted my gang and we went to the person’s home and robbed him. However we didn’t get as a lot cash as Isah advised us the person had at house.”
Police sources stated the suspects got here on the radar of safety brokers after robbing the immigration officer, a comptroller within the service.
Musa, AKA Hajia, additionally allegedly went round city to scout for victims for the gang earlier than her arrest.
Twenty-5-12 months-outdated Mohammed, who introduced the details about the immigration officer to the gang, defined that it was the one operation he ever went with the gang.
The suspect, additionally a Kogi State indigene, defined the he was a designer with a store in Bwari space of Abuja.
He stated, “It was the dangerous pals I met in Abuja that led me into armed theft. There was this buyer, Ismaila, whom I made garments for. He was the primary one who instructed me concerning the cash the politicians often delivered to his workplace at Mabuchi space of Abuja.
“He mentioned the politicians shared the cash there and he stated he might rob them. I then advised him about one in every of my clients, Dan, who usually wore a allure round his waist. I instructed him he may participate within the theft.
“I additionally informed one other buddy, Ismaila (Abdulmumuni). Once I knowledgeable Dan in regards to the cash and the plan to rob the politicians, he mentioned we should always maintain a gathering alongside the Duste Expressway in Abuja. He additionally introduced a few of his pals and Dan requested that we must always go to the place.
“After some time, Dan mentioned we would want weapons for the theft and that the politicians might need some highly effective charms.”
Mohammed mentioned on the day the politicians got here once more to share cash on the location, the gang was instantly alerted by Abdulmumuni. The gang stormed the place and robbed the politicians of over N200m.
Mohammed stated, “After the operation, Dan referred to as and gave me N4.5m, which he mentioned I ought to share with Ismalia. However I later learnt that we really acquired greater than N200m from the theft. Dan alone received N25m.”=================================== ***CONNECT WITH US***
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