The Kano State Police Command recently made a significant breakthrough in combating car theft with the arrest of a notorious serial car thief, Saminu Mohammed, along with three other individuals. Moreover, the police successfully recovered three stolen vehicles in the process.
According to SP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, the spokesperson for the command, Saminu had previously faced three separate court arraignments for the same offense. On October 11, 2023, at approximately 0340hrs, a Surveillance Patrol team attached to the Anti Car Theft Section of the Command’s Criminal Investigation Department intercepted two motor vehicles, namely a Toyota Rav-4 Ash with registration number BNK 305 DT and an unregistered Toyota Corolla, along Hausa Road in Sabon Gari Quarters, Kano. The interception was made based on reasonable suspicion.
When questioned, the two suspects failed to provide satisfactory explanations regarding the vehicles and attempted to flee. However, Saminu Mohammed, a serial car thief from Daura LGA of Katsina State who had previously faced arraignments for the same offense by the Kano Police Command, was successfully apprehended. The other suspect abandoned the vehicle and escaped. The two recovered vehicles were identified, and the owners were notified while the investigation remains ongoing.
Similarly, on October 7, 2023, at approximately 0300hrs, a surveillance patrol team attached to the Eastern Bypass Area Command intercepted a blue Toyota Corolla with registration number SMK 908 HX in Panshekara Quarters, Kano. The vehicle had three occupants, namely Abubakar Aminu, Ayuba Umar, and Auwalu Shuaibu. Upon investigation, the suspects confessed to stealing the vehicle from Abuja. The stolen vehicle was recovered with its original documents, and the owner, who had been robbed at gunpoint in Abuja, was identified and traced. The case will be presented in court upon the completion of a discreet investigation.
The Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Usaini Gumel, expressed his gratitude to the people of Kano State for their understanding, cooperation, and support. He reiterated the police command’s unwavering commitment to safeguarding the lives and properties of all inhabitants while emphasizing the determination to curb car theft in the state.
CP Gumel urged residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious movements, individuals, or items to the nearest police station or through the following emergency contact numbers of the Kano State Police Command: 08032419754, 08123821575, 09029292926.