Police arrest 2 notorious car-snatching syndicate with Toyota Hilux in Katsina
Two men suspected to be members of a vehicle-snatching notorious syndicate namely Abdul Labo, 50, from Katsina State, and Zayyana Muhammed, 30, from Maiduguri, Borno State are currently cooling their feet in prison custody on the order of Katsina Chief Magistrate, Hajiya Fadile Dikko.
The suspects were remanded after they were arraigned in court by the police for being members of the syndicate.
The accused persons were reported to the police in Katsina shortly after a Toyota Hilux van was stolen and the police were called in to investigate the incident.
The due were however arrested by the police Special Anti-Robbery Squad and subsequently arraigned before the court.
The police said the duo confessed to the crime during interrogation and to being members of a gang, whose other members are still at large.
The suspects also mentioned other accomplices in the crime to include one Babangida, alias BB, now at large, as another member of the syndicate, and one Adam Muhammed, alias Abba, a resident of Maiduguri, as the man who received the two vehicles they had earlier stolen from Katsina.
The accused persons also named five Kano-based receivers of stolen vehicles as their accomplices. They gave the names of the alleged receivers as Abbah Saleh, Alhaji Chalcole, Alhaji Marta, Abdullahi Kawo and one Abdulhamid, all of whom are said to be at large, as ready buyers of such vehicles.
Labo and Muhammed were charged for criminal conspiracy, theft of motor vehicles and receiving stolen vehicles.
The offences, according to the police, contravene provisions of sections 97, 287,319 and 306 of the Penal Code Law.
The police prosecutor, Sergeant Lawal Bello, said investigation into the case was still in progress.
The case was subsequently adjourned till August 5, 2019, for mention.