Police arrest alleged gang leader for homicide


Zamfara Police Command has arrested a notorious gang leader of an outlawed group, Yansakai for a case of culpable homicide and causing public panic in the name of celebrating Sallah.

A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Mohammed Shehu, on Friday, said the arrest of the gang leader followed a distress call from Tungar Dutsi community that members of the group invaded the village armed with guns and other deadly weapons.

It further stated that the display of weapons and sporadic shooting of guns led to the death of one Surajo Alhaji Ali, a 40 yrs old man.

On arriving at the scene, the leader of the gang, Bala Minister, was arrested while others fled. The statement reads, “On 3rd May 2022, DPO Bukkuyum Division responded to a distress call from Tungar Dutsi Community in Gana district of Bukkuyum LGA.

That some members of the outlawed group popularly known as “Yansakai” from Tungar Bido Village led by its notorious leader Bala Minister, invaded Tungar Dutsi village armed with locally made guns/ other dangerous weapons in the name of Sallah Celebration and started shooting sporadically, causing panic and fear within the community.

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“When some members of the community cautioned them against the sporadic shooting, the outlawed group members escalated their nefarious action to attacking people with cutlass, knives and other dangerous weapons.

As a result of which one Surajo Alhaji Ali, a 40 yrs old man was gruesomely killed by the outlawed group. “The leader of the group was arrested by the Police, while others fled and escaped to an unknown destination.

In the course of interrogation, the suspect confessed to the offence and further mentioned the names of his collaborators now at large. “Discreet investigation is in progress to further arrest his accomplices and charge them to court for prosecution.”

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