Residents confront, arrest robbery suspect in Katsina
A Katsina Senior Magistrates’ Court has remanded a middle-aged man, Bilya Haliru, in a correctional facility after he was arrested by villagers and arraigned for alleged armed robbery, Punch reports.
Haliru, who is a resident of the Fari Man’ Zurfi village in the Jibia Local Government Area of the state, was arrested on December 12, 2019, by villagers at the Malawa junction in the same local government area after he and four accomplices, still at large, allegedly attacked one Suleiman Umar of Jibia.
It was learnt that the defendant, along with the four accomplices, Ashiru Rabe, Abba Ataa, Alo DanZuhuwa and Gatari, allegedly attacked Umar with a machete and ordered him to surrender all items in his possession.
According to the police, the incident happened around 10pm that day.
Umar reportedly escaped from his assailants and ran to a nearby village and the residents mobilised and followed him to the scene.
The villagers succeed in arresting Haliru, whom they handed over to the police, while the other members of the gang escaped and had evaded arrest ever since.
Haliru was said to have confessed to committing the crime during police interrogation. He was also said to have named his accomplices.
The defendant and his accomplices have been charged with criminal conspiracy and attempt to commit armed robbery.
They are to face trial for the offences in line with provisions of sections 6 B and 1(2)(a)(b) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act, Cap R 11, LFN 2004.
The police prosecutor, Sergeant Lawal Bello, told the court that investigation was still in progress on the case.
He pleaded with the court to adjourn the matter to another date for mention.
While granting the prayers, the presiding magistrate, Hajiya Fadile Dikko, ordered that the defendant should remain in the custody of the Katsina Correctional Centre till February 20, 2020, when the case is due for mention.