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Sunday, 17 August 2014

NEWS HOUR : Police recover, return N15m to Sokoto robbery victim

The Sokoto state Police command has recovered and
returned N15million which was stolen from an unidentified
man by a 5-man armed robbery gang at the Ilela border
market in Ilela LGA of Sokoto state on June 1st.
Parading the suspects with the money recovered at the
Sokoto state Police command headquaters, DCP Douglas
Agbonleni who spoke on behalf of the Sokoto State
Commissioner of Police, Gambo Lawal, gave an insight on
how the robbers were able to dislodge their victim of the
money and how they were subsequently caught. Continue...
"The robbery operation was successful as they were able
to dispossess their target of over N15 million cash at the
Ilela border market, after firing into the air to scare
people. We received the information at about 6pm on
June 1 and instantly went on stop-and-search operation
and our men at Rabbah local government found a black
colour Volkswagen Golf car with registration number
Jigawa AG 569 HJA along the forest route and
apprehended three of the criminals while the other two
escaped" he said.
The three robbers arrested were identified as Joseph
Ohakin, ThankGod Sunday, Emmanuel Ugo (aka Ifeanyi).
Apart from the money, other items recovered from them
were weapons including locally made and foreign assorted
rifles neatly concealed in the seats of the vehicle.
The Police said after they arrested the armed robbers in the
bush, the robbers offered to give them the stolen N15million
on the condition that they let them go, but the police men
declined the offer. The police then launched a search for the
remaining two robbers who escaped. A mobile phone which
they used in communicating was used to track down the
other two criminals.
"When the first three were arrested, we searched the
vehicle and recovered the money, we discovered a GSM
telephone and upon diligent investigation, we traced that
phone to Kano and our detectives proceeded to Kano
where we were able to trace the owner of that phone
who was a member of the robbery gang and had
escaped from Illela. We discovered that the telephone
belongs to one Habibu Abdullahi (Alias 02). He is
popularly called 02 in Kano. We picked him up and we
knew that they were about five members in that gang.
So after arresting and interrogating Habibu Abdullahi,
the fifth member of the gang, Garba Ismail was traced to
a suburb of Kano and picked up also. So all the five
members of the gang that came here to rob at the Illela
town have been picked up," he said.
The owner of the N15m stolen who was present at the press
briefing confirmed he had received his money.

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