Police in Katsina arrests 2 motorcycle theft specialists
The Katsina State Police Command on Friday confirmed that it had arrested two members of a robbery gang that specialised in strangulating commercial motorcyclists and stealing their motorcycles, Punch reports.
According to the police, the two members of the gang have been helping in the ongoing investigation into their activities.
The arrested suspects are Muhammad Suleiman and Abdulra’uf Hadi, both 20 years old and residents of Tudun Tukare Quarters in Jibia Local Government Area of the state.
Spokesperson for the police command, SP Gambo Isah, who confirmed the development, said the suspects were arrested after they allegedly strangulated and robbed a commercial cyclist who had been deceived to take them somewhere of his motorcycle.
In a statement made available to journalists in Katsina, Isah said the suspects “asked a commercial motorcyclist, Jamilu Sada, 25, of Gadare village to take them from Jibia in Katsina to Firji village in Niger Republic.”
“However, while on motion along the road, the suspects used a cable to strangle him until he became unconscious. Then they robbed him of his unregistered red Lifan motorcycle, valued at N75,000 and his mobile telephone, valued at N6,000.
“The suspects confessed to have used the same method to rob one Sa’adu Idris of his unregistered motorcycle on July 5, 2018 at about 21.30hours. The motorcycle was valued at N139,000. They (suspects) are assisting the police in their ongoing investigation,” the statement added.
In a similar development, the command said it had arrested four other suspects in various parts of the state, including Daulai village and Bakiyawa village for alleged theft of motorcycles.