Crime

Nigeria Police Arrests Suspected Murderer Of Hon. Musa Mante, CSP Garkuwa, 17 Others

• Recovers 27 Firearms, 633 Live Ammunition, 4 Cutlasses

The Nigeria Police said its Force Intelligence Bureau Intelligence Response Team (FIB-IRT) operatives have successfully brought to a close a case of murder, which seemed unsolvable, with the arrest of a notorious gang of men suspected to be involved in criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide, and kidnapping in June 2022.

In a statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the Nigeria Police said the arrest followed a charge on the tactical and operational squads by Inspector-General of Police Usman Alkali Baba on the need to ensure cases are investigated to a justifiable and reasonable conclusion.

According to the Police, the suspects, whose identity were given as Hashimu Galadima (aka Kan-Wuka) aged 48, Abdulwahab Alhassan (aka Emeka) aged 31, Abdulwahab Ahmed (aka Dan-Mama) aged 35, and Alh. Modu Saleh, all of Dass Local Government Area of Bauchi State, were arrested following credible intelligence.

The Police spokesman said, investigations revealed that the suspects are members of a syndicate actively involved in kidnapping and robbery operations within Bauchi state and its environs.

“They confessed to the murder of one Hon. Musa Mante, a then serving member of the Bauchi State House of Assembly from Dass LGA in August 2020, and the kidnap of his two wives and 1-year old daughter.

“They similarly confessed to the murder of one 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,” CSP Adejobi added.

In another development, the Police announced the arrest of 11 suspects who confessed to being members of a society believed to be unlawful, specifically the Black Axe Confraternity (aka Aiye), in Ekpoma, Edo State, following reports on their alleged nefarious activities within the area.

The suspects, whose identity were given as 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 9 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 the suspects are 2 AK 47 Rifles, 3 pump action guns, 1 locally made pistol, 2 AK47 Magazines, 22 live rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, 17 rounds of 5.56mm K2 Ammunition, and 3 live cartridges,” the Police added.

The Police also reported that operatives of the FIB-IRT equally apprehended the trio of Murtala Ibrahim aged 37, Suleiman Rabiu aged 28, and Surajo Sani (aka Mandula) aged 39, for kidnapping and providing information to other notorious kidnap gangs on likely victims of their crime.

It is alleged that the suspects operate within Yankwani and Kurami Towns in Bakori LGA of Katsina State and carried out the kidnap of a man, his wife and two children from whom they obtained a ransom of 30 million Naira.

Also, the Police said it arrested an escapee from the Kuje Correctional Centre in June 2022, one Abdulrazak Isah, aged 27, from Ondo State, who was convicted to life imprisonment for 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. And that the suspect thereafter sold the monitor for the sum of N5,000 and the iPad for the sum of N10,000, before his arrest.

“The FIB-IRT recovered a total of 27 firearms including 10 AK rifles, 1 G3 rifle, 8 pump action guns, 3 locally made pistols, 3 English double-barrelled guns, 633 rounds of live ammunition of different calibres, 8 expended cartridges, and one cutlass from the suspects in the course of investigations.

“The Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc (+), NPM, fdc, 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,” the Police further stated.