Police in Kano State have confirmed the arrest of eight men and two women for allegedly belonging to a syndicate that specializes in stealing money from people’s bank accounts.
DSP Abdullahi Haruna-Kiyawa, the Public Relations Officer, made the announcement in Kano.
“On July 14, at about 23:50hrs, a team of policemen led by DSP Kabir Wali working on credible information arrested the suspects in a hotel in Kano metropolis.
“The suspects are Umar Aminu, Muhammad Muhammad, Kabiru Idris, Salim Sani, Umar Muhammad, Yusuf Ibrahim, Aminu Lawan, Jibril Aliyu, Hauwa Abubakar and Aisha Abubakar.
“They all reside in Sheka quarters, Kano and were arrested in connection with electronic card-related fraud,” Haruna-Kiyawa said.
The suspects confessed to hacking into various people’s bank accounts and withdrawing various amounts of money, he said.
Mr Sama’ila Shu’aibu-Dikko, the Commissioner of Police, he said, has ordered a discreet investigation into the matter.
He went on to say that the suspects would face charges in court after the investigations were completed.
Haruna-Kiyawa also confirmed the arrests of 21-armed robbery suspects, seven kidnap suspects, 23 drug dealers, 18 suspected fraudsters, five vehicle theft suspects, 11 cattle rustlers, and 140 infamous thugs.
According to him, the suspects were apprehended in the state’s 44 Local Government Councils as part of a “clearance operation” to rid the state of all forms of criminal activity.
During the operation, nine locally made guns, four vehicles, and three motorcycles were recovered, according to the spokesman.
During the operations, he said, the police recovered 265 knives, 28 scissors, 80 sharp rods, 145 parcels of dried leaves, 176 mobile phones, six cows, and N3 million, among other things.