Niger: police parade suspected bandits, recover weapons

The Niger State Police Command arrested a gang of five suspected bandits who terrorized villages in the Rafi local government area.

While four members of the gang are currently in police custody, the leader is said to be on the run.

Aside from sowing terror on communities, they have also been implicated in cattle rustling in the area.

The four suspects were caught, according to state police public relations officer, PPRO, DSP Wasiu Abiodun in Minna, by viper II agents attached to the Kagara division.

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The four suspected bandits include; 21-year-old Shehu Usman, 20-year-old Idris Ado, 21-year-old Nasiru Dogo aka Badari, 21-year-old Umar Yahaya, all male from the Fulani camp near the Garun-gabas village of Rafi LGA.

He articulated the arrest of the suspects with the implementation of Operation Restore Peace by state command, while acting on credible intelligence last week on Monday around 5:00 p.m.

“The suspects were intercepted and arrested with two (2) locally made weapons while on their way to the Garun-Gabas market”

“During questioning, the suspects confessed some of their cattle rustling escapades in the villages of Garun-gabas and Garun-dangana and its surroundings to Rafi LGA,” Abiodun said.

The PRO further stated that the suspects also confessed that the two (2) locally made weapons belonged to their gang leader; a Lawal Mumuni who is currently on the run.

Adding: “Efforts to apprehend said Lawal are ongoing as the matter is under investigation.”

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