A Katsina-based businessman, who had earlier been a victim of armed robberies, has tricked three members of a notorious syndicate into police net.
Punch reports that the Commissioner of Police in Katsina, Muhammed Wakili, confirmed the development on Friday, revealing that the incident occurred on Thursday.
The 32-year-old businessman named Umar Maigoro, according to the police chief, had gone to a commercial bank in the state to withdraw a large but unspecified sum of money when the incident happened.
On getting out of the bank, he reportedly noticed the suspects lurking around the bank’s premises and later trailing him.
The police chief further revealed that unknown to the suspects, the businessman had alerted them and had been told of what to do.
It was learnt that the suspects followed Maigoro and when he parked somewhere the policemen instructed him to, he got down from the vehicle and left the car there.
The suspects later allegedly pounced on the car, had forcefully opened it and were about removing the money when police swooped on them and made the arrest.
Wakili said investigation revealed that the suspects were members of the gang terrorizing bank customers in the state and were not from Katsina State. According to him, investigation into the matter is ongoing while the suspects are currently in detention.
He said, “Nemesis caught up with the suspects when they trailed the businessman who withdrew some money from a commercial bank along the IBB way, Katsina.
“Being a victim of similar incident, the man became wary and suspicious when he discovered two motorcyclists on his trail. “He then alerted policemen on duty at the Federal Medical Centre where the suspects were waylaid and arrested while in the act of breaking and stealing from the vehicle.
“The following members of the syndicate were arrested: Shuaibu Isah alias Baba, 32, Abdulrazaq Musa, and Nasiru Musa, 27.
Toyota Corolla black in colour with registration number KTU 182 CF Lagos, suspected to be stolen, was recovered from their possession. The suspects have been terrorizing commercial banks’ customers in Katsina State and its environs for some time now.”