The Gombe State Police Command has paraded a group of suspected criminals for various offences ranging from homosexuality, rape, theft, armed robbery, and murder.
Parading the suspects at the command headquarters on Friday, the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Mary Malum, said they were arrested in various parts of the state following useful information provided by members of the public.
According to her, policemen from the Dadin Kowa Division arrested three suspects, Suleiman Abdullahi, 20; Alhasan Mohammed, 20; and Umar Adamu, 20, all from Dadinkowa.
The police also apprehended Saminu Mohammed, 23, and Aminu Mohammed, 19, both of Kwadon, as well as Abdurrahman Garba, and launched a manhunt for one Mubarak, alias Fada, who are suspected members of an armed robbery gang.
Malum said the suspects were arrested in connection with a case of criminal conspiracy, armed robbery and receiving stolen properties.
She stated, “The suspects were alleged to have criminally conspired, masked and armed themselves with cutlasses, knives, and sticks, and went to the Government Comprehensive Secondary School, Dadin-Kowa, around 11.30pm and robbed the pupils of their valuables. Investigation revealed that some of the victims identified one of the suspects as Suleiman, an ex-pupil of the college.
“The police immediately swung into action in synergy with the school principal, who provided the police with the passport photographs of all ex-pupils of the school bearing the name Suleiman.
“This led to the arrest of the kingpin and other members of his gang, who all confessed to the crime, and they will soon be charged. Exhibits recovered from them included one machete, two knives, and two school bags.”
In a related development, policemen attached to the Gombe Division arrested one Joshua Anthony, 35, of the Boshikiri Guyuk Local Government Area of Adamawa State with respect to a case of criminal conspiracy and armed robbery.
The police spokesperson stated, “The suspect confessed that he was given a ride by a commercial motorcyclist, one Sini Danzaria, 27; from the Federal Low-cost Gombe to the Tumfure Quarter and that on getting to a point at the Rainbow roundabout, Gombe, he used a hammer to hit the motorcyclist on the head. Thinking that the victim was dead, he dragged him into a gutter and made away with his Bajaj motorcycle valued at N230,000 and two mobile telephones valued at N56,000.
Further investigations revealed that the suspect gave one of the phones to his girlfriend, one Victoria Sabo, 30, of the Numan Local Government Area of Adamawa State, and sold the motorcycle at the Garba Chede Bali Local Government Area of Taraba State.
The suspect was trailed through his girlfriend after tracking her phone, which led to his subsequent arrest at the Demsa Local Government Area of Adamawa State through the resilience of the crack operatives from the Gombe Division; the suspects will soon be charged.”
Also paraded were Nafi’u Ya’u , alias Nape, 20, of the Jeka-da-fari Quarter, Gombe, and one Umar Bello, alias Bappa, 18, of the same address, while others are at large in connection with a case of criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide.
Malum noted that investigation revealed that the suspects criminally conspired and stabbed one Salihu Ibrahim, 27, of the same address while attacking one Aminu Nuru, alias Gaye.