• 27 Firearms, 633 live ammunition, 4 cutlasses recovered
The Police have arrested killers of Hon. Musa Mante, a then serving member of the Bauchi State House of Assembly from Dass Local Government Area who was murdered August 2020.
After killing the lawmaker, the suspects also kidnapped his two wives and 1-year- old daughter.
The suspects were also responsible for the murder of Mallam Dahiru Suleiman, and a retired Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP Garkuwa, who they claimed was a bane to their free operation in the area.
According to Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi,the suspects were arrested by operatives of the Force Intelligence Bureau Intelligence Response Team (FIB-IRT),adding that their arrest has successfully brought to a close a case of murder which seemed unsolved .
“The notorious suspects were involved in criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide, and kidnapping in June 2022. The arrest followed a charge on the tactical and operational squads by the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba on the need to ensure cases are investigated to a justifiable and reasonable conclusion.
“The suspects, Hashimu Galadima (aka Kan-Wuka), 48, Abdulwahab Alhassan (aka Emeka)31, Abdulwahab Ahmed (aka Dan-Mam) 35, and Alh. Modu Saleh, all of Dass Local Government Area of Bauchi State, were arrested following credible intelligence. The suspects, according to investigations, are members of a syndicate actively involved in kidnapping and robbery operations within Bauchi state and its environs.
“Similarly, 11 suspects who confessed to being members of an unlawful society, specifically the Black Axe Confraternity (aka Aiye) were arrested in Ekpoma, Edo State, following reports on their nefarious activities within the area. The suspects – 22 years Okosun Pascal, 24 years Michael Ehineboh, 22 years Aneto Israel, 23 years Destiny Uhomogiwan, 20 years Bello Sunday, 27 years Eramoh Akhere, 22 years Osagie Adamson, 24 years Okoruwa Christian, Edoghogho Wellington (all nine from Esan LGA of Edo State), 20 years old Momoh Kingsley from Estako West LGA of Edo State, and 24 years old Chukwu Chukwuemeka from Nkanu West LGA of Enugu State, are all university undergraduates. Exhibits recovered from them are:two AK 47 Rifles, three pump action guns, one locally made pistol, two AK47 Magazines, 22 live rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, 17 rounds of 5.56mm K2 Ammunition, and three live cartridges.
“Operatives of the FIB-IRT equally apprehended the trio of Murtala Ibrahim , 37, Suleiman Rabiu ,28, and Surajo Sani (aka Mandula), 39, for kidnapping and providing information to other notorious kidnap gangs on likely victims of their crime. The suspects who operate within Yankwani and Kurami Towns in Bakori LGA of Katsina State carried out the kidnap of a man, his wife and two children from whom they obtained a ransom of N30 million.
“An escapee from the Kuje Correctional Centre in June 2022, one Abdulrazak Isah,27, from Ondo State, who was convicted to life imprisonment for the murder in 2013 and had spent 10 years prior to his escape from the detention facility, was arrested at Tafa LGA of Kaduna State for stealing an iPad and a computer monitor from a hotel in Sabon Wuse, Niger State. The suspect thereafter sold the monitor for the sum of N5,000 and the iPad for the sum of N10,000, before his arrest.
” FIB-IRT recovered a total of 27 firearms including 10 AK rifles, one G3 rifle, eight pump action guns, three locally made pistols, three English double-barrelled guns, 633 rounds of live ammunition of different calibres, eight expended cartridges, and one cutlass from the suspects in the course of investigations.
“The IGP, has assured well-meaning members of the society who are stakeholders in security, of the commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to ensuring that all criminal suspects are dealt the full blow of the law upon arrest. All the suspects will be arraigned in court on completion of investigations”.