Just In: Police smash notorious car stealing syndicate in Jos, arrest female armourer of another kidnap gang

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*Recover 21 stolen cars of different makes, arms and ammunition

The Nigeria Police Special Tactical Squad (STS) has smashed a two-man car stealing gang led by one Bashir Isiaku, aged 34, notorious for stealing cars from the car park of the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH)

According to a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer Force Headquarters Abuja DCP Frank Mba, the arrest of Bashir, a graduate of one of the Federal Polytechnics, came after painstaking efforts and investigations by operatives of the STS to hunt down the criminals.

Mba said Bashir and his accomplice, Aminu Yakubu specialized in using customized master key, crafted out of screwdriver to open and start vehicles. He said Police investigations show that their choices of cars are ones without special security features such as pedal or steering locks.

The Police spokesman said a total of 21 vehicles have so far been recovered from the hoodlums and their criminal receivers.

Mba also disclosed that the following criminal receivers Rilwanu Garba, Ibrahim Hassan, Kabiru Aliyu, Sikiru Danjuma, Bashir Abba, Dodo Danbello, Mudeen Adelera, Nasiru Bello, Hassan Bawa, Magazine Garba, Yushehu Abdullahi, Abdurazaq Adekoya and Kabiru Aliyu have also been arrested in Funtua, Sokoto, Kucheri, Tsafe, Gusau and Marafa

He said the recovered vehicles comprise 2 Opel Vectra, 1 Toyota Camry, 1 Honda CRV, 2 Toyota Carinae, 7 Golf-3, 1 Toyota Corolla, 6 Honda Civic and 1 Toyota Avensis.

Mba said the suspects claimed that they found it easy to steal in JUTH due to the lax security at JUTH premises. “Police investigations reveal that their choice cars are Toyota products, Honda products, and Volkswagen especially the Golf brand because these brand of cars are in high demand by criminal receivers, either in whole or in parts across the country and other neighboring countries” he said

The Police spokesman called on members of the public whose cars were stolen between January 2019 and March 2020, within the premises of Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) to come forward for possible identification and recovery.

He enjoined Nigerians to take extra measures to secure their cars by utilizing special security features such as steering or pedal locks, tracking systems.

Mba also encourages institutions and organizations to enhance security and access control within their premises to minimize the possibility of theft and other mischief by criminals.

Meanwhile a 28 year old female armourer, Fatima Garba has been arrested alongside her gang of kidnappers and armed robbers, notorious for attacking innocent Nigerians around Sokoto, Kebbi, Kaduna and Niger States.

Mba said Fatima was responsible for ensuring the safety of the weapons used by the gang whenever not in use. He said she confessed of being the gang’s armourer for over a year and also claimed to receive a handsome reward each time the weapons were returned to her after each operation.  “She acknowledged knowing that the arms which she usually kept in a neatly dug hole in her compound were used for robberies, kidnapping and other criminal purposes,” Mba said.

The Force Public Relations Officer added that investigations show that Fatima, who is a trader and single mother of two was recruited by her boyfriend Abubakar Usman.

He said other members of the gang are Samaila Usman ‘m’ aged 28, Mohammed Ibrahim ‘m’ aged 30, Mohammed Agali ‘m’ aged 22, Dahiru Bello ‘m’ aged 33, Shamsu Mohammed ‘m’ aged 30, Mohammed Usman ‘m’ aged 37, Umar Abdullahi ‘m’ 33, Buhari Abubakar ‘m’ aged 33 and Abubakar Garba ‘m’ aged 37.

Mba said since they began operations, the gang is estimated to have made over twelve million naira from their various criminal escapades. He said all the suspects will be charged to court at the conclusion of investigations.

Recovered from the gang are 5 AK47 rifles, 1 G3 rifle, 1 Berretta pistol, 1476 rounds of ammunition, 36 rounds of G3 ammunition, 6 AK47 magazines, 1 operational vehicle, 8 mobile phones and box containing operational tools

Mba said the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu assures Nigerians of the continued commitment of the Force to the protection of lives and property and rid the country of crime and criminality especially during this lockdown period.

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