Police Nab Five Notorious Bandit Leaders In Zamfara

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Five notorious bandits terrorising Zamfara State have been arrested by security operatives.

Naija News understands that the criminal gang leaders were arrested by operatives of the Police Force Intelligence Bureau deployed to the state in collaboration with other operatives.

Confirming the development in a statement delivered to newsmen, the state command Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Mohammed Shehu, said the suspects were arrested at various locations in the state this week.

Shehu revealed that the command was able to recover four AK-47 rifles and 960 rounds of live ammunition.

Among the notorious bandit leaders is one who specializes in supplying sophisticated guns and ammunition to other bandit groups, Naija News learnt.

One of them, while being paraded, demonstrated how he hides his gun in his motorcycle to avoid being arrested by security operatives.

The PPRO explained further in the statement that one of the suspects, who specialize in high profile crimes ranging from banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling, armed robbery and homicide, have confessed to their crimes.

“The group that kidnapped the younger brother of Dr. Dauda Lawal confessed that they collected N20 million ransom while the abductors of Engineer Yahaya Maradun’s daughter said they collected N10 million,” Shehu revealed.

According to him, statements made by the suspects is assisting the police in their manhunt for their fleeing colleagues.

He added: “One of them confessed that they used to share between two, three, four to six hundred thousand naira depending on the number that engaged in the operation,”

Abubakar Dauran, the state Commissioner for Security and Home Affairs, commended the police and other security agencies for their role in securing the state.

Meanwhile, the kidnappers of a pastor of Deeper Life Bible Church, Otamayomi Ogedengbe, have demanded N30 million ransom from the family of the cleric.

Naija News had reported how unknown gunmen abducted the clergyman from his church at Irese on the outskirts of Akure on Monday night.

In an interview with reporters on Thursday, the wife of the pastor, Yinka Ogedengbe, said the kidnappers contacted his family early Thursday morning with a demand for N30 million ransom.

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