In Niger's Rafi Local Government Area, police have detained five people for accused banditry and criminal homicide.
DSP Wasiu Abiodun, the command's Public Relations Officer (PPRO), revealed this in a statement made in Minna on Monday.
Puff Adder II operatives attached to Kagara division, according to Abiodun, apprehended four suspects for alleged banditry as part of an operation to restore calm in the area.
On Aug. 16 at around 1700 hours, the Niger Police detained the four suspects near Garun-gabas village in Rafi LGA with two locally made firearms while on their way to Garun-gabas market, based on credible intelligence, he said.
“During questioning, the suspects admitted to cattle rustling in the LGA's Garun-gabas and Garun-dangana villages and surrounding areas.
“The suspects also admitted that the two locally made guns belonged to their gang leader, Lawal Mumuni, who is still at large.
As the crime is being investigated, efforts to capture Mumuni are still on.
“Similarly, on August 15 at around 1315 hours, Police operatives from Kagara division apprehended one Jamilu Ibrahim of Tudun-wada, Kagara, in Rafi LGA, at Tegina town in the LGA,” he said.
He said the suspect was on the command's wanted list for killing Alhaji Samaila Isyaku of Tunga-bako village on Sept. 1, 2019, during a political campaign rally in Kagara for the Local Government Chairmanship election.
“He is accused of stabbing the dead with a knife and fleeing to Gada-kasanga village in Mashegu Local Government Area.
“During questioning, the suspect confessed to the crime, alleging that he was accosted by several political thugs during the protest, which prompted him to act,” he said.
After the investigations are completed, the suspects will be charged in court, according to the police spokeswoman.
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