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5 men in police custody over kidnapping, robbery in Niger

The police in Niger have arrested five suspects for alleged kidnapping and  armed robbery in Rafi and Mariga local government  areas  of the state. The…

The police in Niger have arrested five suspects for alleged kidnapping and  armed robbery in Rafi and Mariga local government  areas  of the state.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Alhaji Usman Adamu, disclosed this in Minna on Thursday.

Usman said on October 5 at about 1800 hours, one Sarkin Fulani Iro Aliyu of Kudun-Gure Fulani settlement, Kotonkoro, Mariga Local Government Area reported that some hoodlums numbering about five invaded his compound firing sporadically into the air and kidnapped his daughter, Defu Ibrahim, of the same address.

The commissioner said on receipt of the complaint, a team of police detectives from Bangi Division swung into action, gave the hoodlums a hot chase and rescued the victim unhurt.

He said one of the suspects, Mohammed Betuwa, 25, and of the same address, was arrested.

He said exhibits recovered at the scene of crime were six empty shells of AK 47 ammunition.

Usman said further investigation led to the arrest of Betuwa’s accomplice, Hamidu Alhaji Badori, 35, of Lambata, Gurara Local Government Area.

He said efforts were ongoing to arrest other fleeing hoodlums, and that suspects already arrested would soon be charged to court.(NAN)

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