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The police in Niger apprehend a gang that robs faulty trucks on main highways: Nigeria

At least nine suspects allegedly specializing in attacking and robbing vehicles along highways in the Tafa local government area of the state have been apprehended by the Niger State Police Command.

It was discovered that the suspects specialized in targeting and monitoring improperly loaded vehicles, particularly along the Abuja-Kaduna, Keffi-Jos, Nasarawa-Akwanga, and Minna-Suleja roads.

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By way of confirming the development, the state police command in Minna’s Public Relations Officer, PRO, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, stated that local police had gathered information about their affiliation with a robbery gang and their participation in a conspiracy, which allowed for their capture.

He explained that the suspects were apprehended on July 20, 2023, along the Kaduna-Abuja highway at Sabon-Wuse Tafa LG in a Volkswagen Sharon with registration number LKJ 739 BJ.

He claimed that nine men suspected of having criminal intent were inside the vehicle’s body, which was filled with bullet holes.

He explained that preliminary investigation has revealed that the syndicate has been attacking and breaking trucks and containers along main roads and stealing the items and property contained therein.

During interrogation, the suspects confessed to the crime and claimed they have a facility in Akwanga where they store the stolen goods before selling them in Kano State.

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“They later attempted to bribe the DPO with an offer of 500,000 nairas to dismiss the case,” he said.

Each suspect was taken into custody and conveyed to SCID Minna for further investigation.

Mohammed Sani, Hakimi Abdullahi, Aminu Bello, Buhari Abdullahi, Tasiu Abdullahi, Bello Auwal, Kabiru Abubakar, Abdullahi Dabo, Babangida Ibrahim, and Tasiu Abdullahi are among them.




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