Zamfara State Police Command has arrested a 39-year-old notorious armed bandit popularly known as Umar NaMaro and recovered an AK47, a Lar rifle and 174 ammunition in the state.
The Command has also arrested eight informants who are supplying weapons/ammunition, food, motorcycles, military uniforms and ransoms to bandits in the state.
The PR Mohammed Shehu, Police Commissioner CP Kolo Yusuf, reiterated his determination to continue doing everything within the purview of the law as the suspect was paraded at police headquarters in Gusau on Saturday. to the lingering insecurity-threatening state.
He revealed that CP Kolo in his tireless efforts to rid the state of Zamfara of criminal activities ranging from armed banditry, kidnapping, cattle theft and other related crimes was in line with the mission and vision of the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba.
“On September 12, 2022, the arrested suspects are members of an infamous syndicate of informers who team up with bandits to terrorize the peace-loving people of Gusau, K/Namoda, Tsafe, Bungudu LGAs and the surrounding area.
“The nefarious activities of this syndicate group provided information to bandits to make it easier for them to attack communities and kidnap people for ransom.
“It was equally part of their activities to collect millions of Naira for weapons/ammunition and military camouflage uniforms for the bandits.”
He revealed that their recent dirty business was when one of the suspects Abubakar Mainasara AKA Major confessed to police in his statement that he had collected N850,000 from the bandits to buy them military camouflage uniforms.
He said that Babangida, or Major, conspired with one of their associates, a tailor, one Jamilu Lawali ‘M’ from Gusau to find and sew the uniforms that were eventually delivered to the bandits.
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“The same accused further confessed that he had collected the sum of two million Naira (N2,000,000) from bandits to supply weapons and ammunition for them, although two of his accomplices Lawal Ibrahim ‘M’ and Surajo Idris ‘M’ confirmed to the According to the police, the money given to the accused was six million naira (N6,000,000) for the arms trade shipment and not N2,000,000 naira.
“The sum of One Million Naira (N1,000,000) was given to the same Babangida Soja ‘M’, who in turn gave only Sixty Thousand Naira (N60,000) to Jamilu Lawali ‘M’, (Tailor) for the delivery of the ammunition which ultimately provided ten (10) rounds of AK-47 live ammunition which were transferred to Bandits via Babangida Soja and Abubakar Mainasara.”
Also “on September 16, 2022 at approximately 1400 hours, during a surveillance patrol along the Gusau-Kotor Koshi-Mada axis, the tactical police officers of the commando intercepted the infamous armed bandit Umar NaMaro.
“During the interrogation, the suspect confessed that he was one of the infamous bandits who terrorized Mada and Kotor Koshi with bandit attacks, kidnappings, cattle theft and other heinous crimes.”
During an on-site search, one AK-49 and one Lar rifle and 174 ammunition were found in his possession.
He said the suspect had made important disclosures that would help police in their investigation.
According to him, eight suspects were arrested by the tactical police officers during intelligence-led operations conducted in some criminal shelters in Gusau and Tsafe Local Government Area, respectively.
He insisted that all suspects will be charged once the investigation is completed.