Niger: We’ve been stealing goats for five years to survive – Suspects

Niger: We’ve been stealing goats for five years to survive – Suspects
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Unveiling the Arrest of Notorious Goat Thieves by Niger State Police Command

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In a significant stride towards maintaining law and order, the Niger State Police Command has achieved a remarkable feat by apprehending four individuals involved in a prolonged spree of goat thefts. Operating predominantly in the Kpakungu and Soje areas of Minna, the capital of Niger state, these culprits had managed to elude justice for five years, persistently engaging in their nefarious activities to sustain themselves. The relentless pursuit by the residents of the affected regions finally bore fruit as the suspects were apprehended last week, putting an end to their reign of theft and disorder.

A Swift Response to the Call of Duty

stealing goats for five years

The wheels of justice were set into motion when the police received a crucial tip-off from vigilant residents residing in the vicinity of the syndicate’s operations. As the syndicate came into sight, the law enforcement officers sprang into action with unwavering determination. Aided by the Tactical Support Team, they expertly pursued the suspects, leading to a decisive encounter near Shiroro Hotel. In a fitting conclusion to their criminal activities, three suspects were successfully apprehended within the confines of a Honda Civic vehicle, bearing the registration number MNA 342 AA.

Unmasking the Culprits

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The state Police Command’s spokesperson, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, disclosed that the suspects were identified as Shehu Buhari (25 years old) and Musa Idris (40 years old), both hailing from Barkin-Sale, Minna, and Idrisu Aliyu (commonly known as Dagrin, aged 22) from Kaffintela, Minna. The initial interrogations yielded confessions from the accused, laying bare the extent of their involvement in the goat thefts that had plagued Minna for half a decade.

The Confessions and Revelations

stealing goats for five years

During the course of the investigation, the arrested individuals provided insights into their modus operandi and the scope of their criminal undertakings. The suspects admitted to conducting a rampant campaign of goat thefts, amassing a staggering tally of over 500 stolen goats from various locations across Minna. Their illicit gains were primarily directed towards the butcher industry, where the stolen animals were sold for varying prices ranging from N10,000 to N15,000, depending on the size and market demand.

The interrogation further revealed that the mastermind behind the operation, Idris Dagrin, consistently employed his Honda Civic vehicle to transport the pilfered animals to the designated buyers, situated predominantly in the Maitumbi and Tunga areas of Minna.

Unearthing the Network

stealing goats for five years

The tentacles of this illicit enterprise extended beyond the immediate culprits. In an attempt to trace the entire web of complicity, the suspects disclosed the identities of two individuals who acted as receivers of the stolen goats. One of the recipients, Murtala Dan-Azumi from Tunga, was promptly arrested, adding another layer of accountability to the unfolding narrative. However, another individual implicated in the chain, Hussaini Yahaya, remains at large, prompting an ongoing manhunt by the authorities.

Towards Justice and Accountability

stealing goats for five years

The pursuit of justice remains unrelenting. Wasiu Abiodun emphasized that diligent efforts are being directed towards capturing the fugitive Hussaini Yahaya. The case is currently under comprehensive investigation, with all the involved suspects slated for a judicial arraignment at the earliest completion of the inquiry. The Niger State Police Command’s resolute commitment to upholding the law underscores their dedication to safeguarding the community’s interests and ensuring that criminals are held accountable for their actions.

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