Defence & Security

Police nab alleged notorious car thief, recover stolen Hilux, others

By Paul Michael

Kano State Police Command has arrested one Ibrahim Usman, an alleged notorious car thief in possession of a white Toyota Hilux vehicle.

According to a statement on Saturday by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, the 34 year old suspect was intercepted by a team of Operation Puff Adder led by SP Rabi’u Ahmed during a routine patrol along BUK Road, Kano on 31st May 2022.

“On preliminary investigation, the suspect confessed to having stolen the said Toyota Hilux Motor Vehicle at Madobi Road, Kumbotso LGA Kano State. The suspect belongs to a notorious syndicate that specialized in Car Theft by removing Motor Vehicles from where parked.

“He was previously arrested for the same offense and charged to court. Further investigation led to the arrest of one Hamisu Ibrahim, ‘m’, 55 years old of, Sharada Quarters Kano. The suspect specialized in manufacturing and selling Motor Vehicles and Tricycles master keys to criminals. Twenty Nine (29) keys were found in his possession,” Kiyawa said.

In similar development, the police said significant arrests have been made in a another case of car theft, leading to the recovering of nine (9) vehicles.

According to the spokesman, the vehicle plate numbers are PLATEAU BSA-272AA, PLATEAU JJN-782PQ, PLATEAU BUU-964AA, KANO AE560-BNK, KANO AA955-BNK, KANO AE485-KKU, KATSINA AE871-DRA, LAGOS DC360-FST and LAGOS AAA-328DW.

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“Anyone whose Motor Vehicle was stolen and discovers his Motor Vehicle plate number above should report at the Public Relations Department, Bompai Police Command Headquarters Kano or contact 08105359575.

“The Commissioner of Police, Kano State Command, CP Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko, fsi ordered for discreet investigation after which the suspect(s) will be charged to court for prosecution. He reiterates that criminals will have no hiding place in Kano State. They are advised to either repent or leave the State completely.

“Otherwise, they will be arrested and face the full wrath of the Law. He thanked the good people of Kano State for their prayers, encouragement, continuous support, and cooperation. He urged residents to pray for the State, the Nation and report incidences to the nearest Police Station, and not to take laws into their hands,” Kiyawa added.

He assured that rigorous patrol and raids of criminal hideouts and black spots will continue throughout the State, adding that the Command will sustain the ongoing ‘Operation Puff Adder’.

He encouraged residents to contact the Command in case of emergencies via; 08032419754, 08123821575, 08076091271 or log into the “NPF Rescue Me” Application available on the Play Store.

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