The Zonal Intelligence Department (ZID) in Zone 10 Sokoto, together with a team of dedicated detectives, has successfully apprehended three individuals involved in a car theft gang operating between Sokoto and Kebbi States. This significant breakthrough was announced by ASP Ahmed Rufa’i, the spokesperson for the command, on behalf of AIG Abubakar Lawal Daura, who oversees the zone.
In a statement released on Wednesday, October 25, 2023, the command expressed gratitude to the residents of Sokoto, Kebbi, and Zamfara States for their support in dismantling criminal gangs that had been causing havoc in these areas. The gang in question specialized in the theft of various car models within these states, and they would dispose of the stolen vehicles within the country and neighboring countries.
Through credible intelligence, a crack team within the Zonal Command was able to locate the criminals’ hideout in an unfinished building in Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State. This operation resulted in the arrest of Muttaka Muhammad, a 29-year-old from Zauro town. Following thorough interrogation and investigation, four stolen vehicles were recovered in Kebbi and Sokoto States, leading to the apprehension of two other gang members: Kasimu Muhammad, 33 years old from Dukki area in Bunza LGA, and Haliru Musa, 35 years old from Baiti Area, both hailing from Kebbi State.
The vehicles recovered during this operation include a gray Toyota Corolla LE with the chassis number 211BR32E74124, another gray Toyota Corolla LE with the chassis number WVBR82F94Z649604, a blue Toyota Corolla Fish Eye with the chassis number JT15EEB103103294, and a second blue Toyota Corolla Fish Eye with the chassis number JT152EEB103134442.
The statement emphasizes the importance of members of the public coming forward with proof of ownership if they believe their vehicles have been stolen. They are urged to contact the Zone 10 AIG Office for confirmation and recovery.
Furthermore, the AIG has called upon the public to remain vigilant and prioritize security in their communities. This incident serves as a reminder that security is a shared responsibility, and the police and other security agencies rely on the cooperation of the public to maintain peace and safety.