The criminals, Abdullah Buhari 24yrs and Abubakar Aliyu 26yrs who specialized in tricking unsuspected passersby and dispossessing them of their valuables were paraded alongside notorious armed robbers on Valentine's day, Wednesday, February 14th 2018, by the Bauchi State Police Command. But their smile as if nothing was wrong caught the attention of everyone (maybe due to the season).
These guys made it look like being a suspect is not bad at all.
The Police Command afterwards released a Press Statement in regards of the paraded suspects:
In our unrelenting efforts to ensure safety of lives and property in the State, the Bauchi State Police Command under the leadership of CP SANUSI N. LEMU psc, had during the week under review recorded harvest of achievements as follows:
1. ARREST OF CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY, CAUSING GRIEVOUS HURT, CULPABLE HOMICIDE AND ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECTS
On 16/12/2017 at about 0100hrs unknown gunmen numbering about four (4) stormed KAMS Universal Concept Ltd. filling station along Bauchi – Jos road attacked and killed the manager of the said filling station one Usman Suleiman m 35yrs, they also grievously wounded one Muhammadu Salisu m 25yrs of Guru village Bauchi LGA and equally robbed them of their GSM handsets as follows:
One Tecno T401
One LG Mobile
Following a discreet investigation by the operatives attached to State Intelligence Bureau (SIB) of the Command, the following suspects were arrested in connection with the case.
i. Onyeka David aka Swag m 27yrs,
ii. Onyeka Okeke m 30yrs,
iii. Grace Otopa f 42yrs,
iv. Happy Henry m 32yrs,
v. Okechukwu Ezissi m 42yrs, all of Bauchi metropolis.
2.CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY SHOP BREAKING AND THEFT
On 05/02/2018 the command received a complaint from one Auwalu Rabiu of Yashi Village, Alkaleri LGA, that on the same date at about 0200hrs, unknown person(s) broke into his shop at the same address and stole many GSM phones and accessories belonging to his customers which they brought to him for charging.
Following a discreet investigation by the operatives attached to X–squad of the command the following suspects were arrested at Bayan Gari area of Bauchi in connection with case:
i. Abubaka Muhammed m of Nasara Jahun Bauchi
ii. Yahuza Adamu m of Bara Village, kirfi LGA,
Both suspects voluntarily confessed to the crime.
Exhibits recovered include:
Thirty five 35 GSM phones of different type
Twelve 12 Chargers
Two (2) Ear Piece
Eleven Sim Cards
Four (4) Sim Packs
Seven Card (7) Readers
Thirteen (13) Batteries
Four (4) Phone Jackets
3.CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY AND BEING IN POSSESSION OF SEVENTY THREE (73) PIECES OF AMERICAN DOLLARS REASONABLE SUSPECTED TO BE FAKE CURRENCY
On 04/02/2018 at about 1530hrs based on a tip-off the Police attached to Gumau Dvision traced and arrested one Mustapha Auwalu in possession of seventy three (73) pieces of fake American Dollars, the suspect confessed that the currency is fake and is also volunteering useful information that are assisting the Police in the investigation.
4.ARREST OF ARMED ROBBERY/KIDNAPPING SUSPECTS
On 6/02/2018 at about 0100hrs unknown gunmen stormed the residence of one Dr. Abubakar Gambo m 40yrs of Liman Katagum of Bauchi LGA robbed him of the cash sum of Three hundred and fifty thousand naira (N350,000:00), thereafter kidnapped him to Zungur Forest and kept him hostage for three (3) days before he managed to escaped. The syndicate also robbed one Usman Adamu of his Boxer Motorcycle and other valuables.
Following a discreet investigation by the operatives attached to Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad/Anti-Kidnapping (FSARS/AKU) the following suspects were arrested in connection with case.
i. Idris Haruna m 27yrs,
ii. Hassan Adamu m 30yrs,
iii. Abubakar Jabbo m 20yrs,
iv. Salisu Umar aka Baangida m 32yrs.
Both suspects confessed to the crime and are cooperating with Police in the investigation.
5.ARREST OF NOTORIOUS FRAUDSTERS THAT SPECIALIZED IN DISPOSSESSING UNSUSPECTED VICTIMS TRICKISHLY:
On the 13/02/2018, at about 1718hrs, operatives attached to State Intelligence Bureau (SIB) while on surveillance patrol around Yelwa/Rafin Zurfi areas of Bauchi LGA, arrested one Abdullah Buhari m 24yrs and Abubakar Aliyu 26yrs m all of Zoo Road, Kano, the suspects specialized in tricking unsuspected passersby and dispossessed them of their valuables.
They criminally pretend to be moving separately, while one of them would approach a target person and ask him/her a question. Whatever the answer to the question might be, he will then reciprocate the gesture (audience given) by offering to assist him as well. Subsequently, the other accomplice will come in and join the conversation with a view to convince the target person. It is through this process the man will end up being dispossessed of his/her either cell phone, cash, laptop computer, ATM card or gold jewelry or any other valuable.
You may recall that, the said Abdullahi Buhari was once arrested in possession of over twenty ATM cards of different banks, all gotten in a fraudulent way while attempting to defraud unsuspecting customer by swapping his ATM card with wrong one. He was charged to court but released on bail.
All cases mentioned above are under investigation and will soon be charged be charge to court for prosecution.
Finally the Command wishes to appreciate the members of the public for their continuous support and cooperation in its quest to rid the State of crime and criminality.
DSP KAMAL DATTI ABUBAKAR, ANIPR, MCFI
POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FOR: COMMISSIONER OF POLICE
BAUCHI STATE POLICE COMMAND.