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Police arrests herbalist, IPOB member, two others in Katsina

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

The Katsina Police Command has arrested a 53years old herbalist preparing charms for terrorists, Sani Bello, and two other members of Boko Haram terrorizing Katsina, Kaduna and Zamfara states.

Other two terrorists apprehended by the police in in Danmusa Local Government were 20years old Murtala Amme in Unguwar Mazare community and 35years old Ibrahim Dayyabu in Gobirawa village.

Also, the police has arrested a 19years old member of the “Eastern Security Network (ESN), Eric Uchenna, popularly called Ibrahim Muhammed, who fled from Orji River Local Government in Enugu State.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Isah Gambo, who confirmed the arrest of the suspects during a press briefing on Tuesday, disclosed that they would be arraigned before the court after completion of ongoing investigations by the command.

On the herbalists, Gambo noted that the suspect was apprehended after the command received a tip off along the Maiduguri Road, Sabuwa Township, Sabuwa council.

While noting that Bello was a notorious spiritual leader and herbalist for the terrorists terrorizing Katsina, Kaduna and Zamfara states, the police spokesperson disclosed that four native bullet proof jackets, covered with criminal talisman were recovered in his possession of Bello.

According to him, the suspect confessed to be a spiritualist that supply terrorists with Gun-Jazz and criminal charms for gun protection and offer prayer for them not be arrested or harm by security agents in all their heinous operations.

“He also confessed that he sold each of the jackets at the cost of N60,000 to any interested terrorist”, he added.

On other terrorists, the PPRO explained that Dayyabu’s major role was to supply the terrorists motorcycles, to aid their attacks on farmers in the forest.

“Nemesis caught up with the suspect when he was accosted by Police Patrol Team attached to Kankara Division in possession of a new brand, Honda 125 motorcycle while on his way into the forest, reasonably suspected to be a supply to the bandits.

“In the course investigation, suspect confessed to belong to the camp of notorious terrorist, one Mani Doro and has bought over seven motorcycles for the terrorists”.

On the 20years old terrorist, Gambo stated that after his arrests, he confessed to belong to the camp of Kamilu Buzaru, a notorious terrorist, on the wanted list of the police, terrorizing Danmusa council and its environs.

“Furthermore, suspect confessed to have participated in several attacks on communities in the area leading to kidnappings for ransom and cattle rustlings and mentioned one (1) Nagge, ‘M’, (2) Abu, ‘M’, (3) Habu, ‘M’, (4) Hamisu, ‘M’, and (5) Ahmed, ‘M’, (now at large) as his accomplices”.

According to him, based on a tip off, one Eric Uchenna, a.k.a Ibrahim Muhammed, aged 19yrs of Orji River LGA of Enugu state was arrested at Kofar Sauri Quarters, Katsina, that he is strongly suspected to be a kidnapper. In the course of investigation, suspect confessed of belonging to the gang of proscribed terrorist group “Eastern Security Network”, (ESN) with their camp at Akpogozie forest in Orji River LGA of Enugu state under the leadership of one Eminike a.k.a. “SAPALE” with over four (400) hundred members, terrorizing the South Eastern states of Nigeria. He further confessed that his gang kidnapped someone in Imo state and collected the sum of N10,000, 000 ransom. But stole the sum of N700,000 from the camp and escaped to Katsina state, alongside one Chuckwumeka and Chinemerem, which the duo had left Katsina since to evade arrest.

“Furthermore, suspect confessed committing series of crimes ranging from armed robbery, kidnapping and other heinous crimes in the eastern states of Nigeria”.

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