By Bashir Bello
KATSINA – Men and officers of the Katsina State Police command has killed one armed robbery suspect who disguise as an army officer and arrested two other fake police officers who rob commuters on highways, terrorized the state and it environs.
The State’s commissioner of Police, CP Usman Abdullahi who disclosed this development, said the robber in army uniform (undisclosed identity) was killed in a gun duel with police patrol team while others escaped with injuries sustained from the gun shots.
CP Abdullahi in a statement made available to newsmen on his behalf by the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Gambo Isah said it has already launched manhunt to arrest the notorious armed robbers gang.
According to him, “on 05/08/2017 Katsina state Police Command succeeded and smashed a notorious gang of armed robbers who blocked the highway at Rumfar Yankifi along Tudun-Iya Gangara road, Funtua LGA, Katsina state.
“On receipt of the report, a police patrol team was immediately dispatched to the scene and met the armed robbers on the road wearing Army uniforms.
“The robbers engaged the police on gun duel and as a result of which one of the robbers was shot dead. One locally made wooden toy gun, matchet, and bunch of charms was recovered in his possession. Searching continued as many were suspected to have escaped with gun shots. Investigation is on progress,” DSP Isah said.
The police command also said it arrested one Abdullahi Ibrahim, a notorious armed robber who disguise in police uniform with name tag Usman Daura and terrorizes people of Katsina and neighboring Kaduna state.
DSP Isah said Ibrahim has carried out series of operations in Katsina, Yargoje village of Kankara local government area, Jibia, Matazu and Funtua local government areas.
He said Ibrahim’s last operation before he was arrested was at Farin Yaro quarters, Katsina where he invaded the house of one Alhaji Haruna Abubakar Mai-Adashi and robbed him of the sum of N1,230,000 million.
In a related development, a notorious motorcycle thief, Shamsu Sani alias Officer who parades himself as police officer to thief motorcycles was also arrested by the state police command.
To this end, DSP Isah said receivers of the stolen motorcycles identified as Aminu Yusuf ‘m’ aged 28yrs of Kofar Kaura qrts Katsina and Yahaya Abubakar ‘m’ aged 27yrs of Dandagoro qrts, Batagarawa, Katsina were also traced and arrested.
“Sani of Barhim village in Katsina state perpetrate his crime by deceiving unsuspecting citizens that he is a police officer.
“The suspect was nabbed when he could not satisfactory account for a motorcycle found in his possession.
“A search was conducted in his house and the following items were recovered: Two stolen motorcycles Jincheng and Boxer unregistered, a complete set of police uniform with Force Number 267490, One trouser of Police Mobile Police Uniform and one Prison Service uniform trouser.
“However, the owners of the above mentioned motorcycles were traced and identified as Ibrahim Ahmed ‘m’ of Kofar Sauri Katsina and Mustapha Ismaila ‘m’ of Sabuwar Unguwa Katsina,” the police spokesperson said.