Defence & Security

Police Nabs Bandits Leader Terrorizing Abuja-Kaduna Road, 29 Others

• Recovers Rifles, Live Ammunition, stolen cars, N1.8m

By Paul Michael

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) said it has arrested a notorious bandit’s leader and 29 other suspected criminals for alleged involvement in banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery, murder and other violent crimes.

The Police disclosed this in a press statement by its acting Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi on Thursday night, adding that about 23 rifles, 2,200 live ammunition, three stolen cars and 1.8 million naira cash were recovered during the operations The Trumpet gathered.

According to CSP Adejobi, who said all the suspects will be arraigned in court upon conclusion of investigations, the notorious bandit leader, Ahmed Yunusa, aka “Yellow Ashana”,  36-year-old and his gang have been terrorising communities and road users along the Abuja-Kaduna expressway.

He further revealed that the suspect, who is a leader of vicious bandit group, has been on the run following a sting operation by police operatives of Force Intelligence Bureau Special Tactical Squad (FIB-STS) that led to the death of a member of his syndicate and the arrest of another, Yellow Magaji aka Arushe.

He said, “The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc (+), NPM, fdc, has charged Police Operatives across the country to sustain the tempo in the fight to curb violent crimes in the country.

“The IGP who lauded the efforts to roll back the negative trend of crimes commended the Force Intelligence Bureau Special Tactical Squad (FIB-STS) for the recent arrest of thirty (30) suspects for complicity in the crimes of kidnapping, armed robbery, arms smuggling, unlawful possession of prohibited firearms, car theft, rape, receiving stolen goods, amongst others.

“The FIB-STS equally recovered a total of eight (8) foreign and seven (7) locally made AK47 rifles, eight (8) revolver rifles, two thousand two hundred (2,200) rounds of live ammunition of different calibres, twelve (14) AK47 magazines, three (3) stolen cars, 10 fake number plates and a cash sum of one million, eight hundred and eighty thousand (1,880,000) naira from the suspects during follow-up investigations.

“Notable amongst the cases is the arrest of one Ahmed Yunusa, aka “Yellow Ashana”, a 36-year-old leader of a vicious bandit group that has been terrorising communities and road users along the Abuja-Kaduna expressway. The suspect who has been on the run following a police operation that led to the death of a member of his syndicate, one Yellow Magaji aka Arushe, was arrested during a sting operation by police operatives of the FIB-STS.

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“The suspect confessed that he led the syndicate which has carried out several kidnapping operations on the Abuja-Kaduna expressway, and launched three different attacks on Kadara Community in Kaduna State, wherein scores of persons were killed. He equally confessed to the kidnap and murder of one Hafsat Isah, who was lured into the bandit camp by her friend, one Ladi Sale that was equally arrested by the police.

“Also arrested was one Mrs Nvou Michael, a 37-year-old female from Vom LGA, Plateau State, who was intercepted by operatives along Samminaka/Jos expressway, Kaduna State, in possession of 15 locally made rifles and 400 rounds of 7.62 x 39mm AK47 ammunition in a Toyota Hummer bus travelling from Jos, Plateau State to Kaduna State.

“Investigations revealed the suspect was an arms smuggler for some bandit groups in Kaduna State. Similarly, Police operatives arrested one Nuhu Yakubu, a 33-year-old male from Donga, Taraba State, while he was conveying 1,500 AK47 ammunition from Wukari to bandits in the Donga Forest.

“The operatives of the FIB-STS equally apprehended the duo of Idris Abdulwahab, 26-year-old, and Adams Ibrahim, 37-year-old, both from Okene, Kogi State, who has been linked to major bank robbery operations at Ondo State and in Egbe, Yagba West Local Government Area of Kogi State, in 2021, where they killed a security guard.

“The suspects who specialize in the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to forcefully gain access into banks for their robbery operations, were intercepted by eagle-eyed police operatives at a checkpoint in Isonu, Kogi State, while heading to Okene from their forest hideout, with a cash sum of one million, eight hundred and eighty thousand Naira (N1,880,000).”

While assuring the nation that the NPF would continue to close up on criminal elements that pose a threat to national security, IGP Baba called on well-meaning members of the public to readily assist the police with information to effectively combat the purveyors of violent crimes in the society.

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