- The police paraded eight members of a robbery gang and kidnappers, said to be responsible for the death of a former commissioner in Katsina state, Prof. Halimatu Idris
- They were nabbed by the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team, after a shootout which lasted for several hours
- Two AK-47 rifles, three pairs of suspected fake military uniforms, cutlasses and motorbike were recovered from the suspects
Eight members of a robbery gang who attacked commuters along Abuja-Kaduna Expressway, during which Prof Halimatu Idris, a former commissioner for education in Katsina state, was shot dead were on Wednesday, August 1, paraded at the Police Force Headquarters, The Punch reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that the suspects are Lawal Tukur, 40, leader of the gang; Sulaiman Sani, 27; Abubakar Ahmad, 30; Abubakar Adamu, 33; Yahaya Musa, 33; Kabiru Bala, 23; Rufai Tukur, 26; and Shehu Audi, 32.
This is coming just as the Police said 35 bandits had been arrested in Zamfara state in connection with the attacks and killings in some villages of the state.
Jimoh Moshood, the force police public relations officer and acting deputy commissioner of police, who paraded the suspects in Abuja, said Tukur and Sani confessed to having killed four of the commuters, including the former Katsina commissioner on the day of the attack.
According to the Police, the gang also abducted two women, 51-year-old Rahinatu Shehu, and Aisha Sani, 23, and her seven-month-old baby at their residence in the Mararaba Guga town in the Giwa local government area of Kaduna state.
The suspects were apprehended by the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team, after a shootout which lasted for several hours.
Moshood said two AK-47 rifles, three pairs of suspected fake military uniforms, cutlasses and motorbike were recovered from the suspects by the police.
“All the suspects confessed to the various criminal roles they played in the commission of the crimes. The investigation is in progress and effort is being intensified to arrest other suspects still at large. They will all be arraigned in court on completion of the investigation.
“In Zamfara State, 35 bandits have been arrested in connection with the recent attacks in some villages in Zamfara State. Six AK-47 rifles, 15 locally fabricated guns, 183 AK-47 ammunition and seven live cartridges were recovered from the bandits. All the suspects have made useful statements to the police investigators and confessed to the killings in the affected villages," he said.
Earlier, The immediate past commissioner for education in Katsina state, Halimatu Saadiya Idris, was reported dead.
NAIJ.com had reported that the development was made public on Twitter by youth activist, Abubakar Sadiq Dankanjiba.
Dankanjiba stated that Idris succumbed to injuries sustained after a robbery attack on the way from Kaduna to Abuja on Sunday night, July 22.
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