From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano
Kano state Police Command have burst a notorious fake bank alert syndicate that defrauded DAG Industries Nigeria Limited of 15 units of tricycles worth over N9, 795, 000.00.
The Command’s image-maker, DSP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa who briefed journalists at the Bompai Police Headquarters on behalf of the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Habu Sani, on Wednesday, paraded 338 suspects for their alleged involvement in various crimes ranging from armed robbery, car snatching, drug trafficking, kidnapping, among others.
According to him, Mohammed Sani and Suleiman Umar who is now at large, bought 15 units of tricycle at N9, 795, 000.00, under false pretence, from the company.
He stated that, “on 28 February, 2020, one David Festus of Rangaza Quarters, Ungogo Local Government Area, Kano, reported at Zango Police station, Kano, that on 13 February, one Mohammed Sani and Suleiman Umar, now at large, conspired and went to their Company, DAG Industries Nigeria Limited, located at No. 9 Nababa Badamasi Road Bompai, Kano where they purchased 15 units of tricycles valued at N9, 795, 000.00.”
According to him, the suspects collected the Company’s bank account under false pretence to transfer the said amount, adding that later, Mohammed sent fake alert after receiving the 15 units tricycles from the company.
He added that, also, on February 10, based on credible in formation, the Command’s team of Operation Puff Adder arrested two other persons who specialized in duping people with fake bank alerts.
He said they were arrested for duping one Suleiman Mohammed the sum of N50, 000.
Haruna said that the Command’s effort in fighting all forms of crimes and criminality in the state, as well as sustaining the Operation Puff Adder, during a raid at various hideouts, over 205 thugs were arrested, while 156 of them were charged to court, with 49 others under investigation.
He said with the unrelenting raids carried out by the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), over 36 armed robbery suspects, 12 kidnapping suspects, and five burglars were all rounded up.
DSP Haruna further stated that six suspected drug dealers were arrested by the police, adding that three other persons were also arrested for giving false information to the police.
Items recovered from the suspects include one AK47 Riffle, nine rounds of 9mm live ammunition, 636 knives, seven locally made guns, 87 matchets, 17 bags of expired anti malaria drugs, five cartons of Codeine syrup, 23 mobile handsets, four tricycles, 78 cartons of sub-standard injections, among others.