Sokoto: Cattle rustlers try to bribe policemen with N700,000

Sokoto: Cattle rustlers try to bribe policemen with N700,000

- An attempt by some suspected cattle rustlers in Sokoto to escape arrest by policemen failed on Wednesday, February 19

- The police command in the state revealed that officers turned down the offer of N700,000 given by the suspects

- The commissioner of police in the state, Ibrahim Sani Kaoje, said that the suspected criminals confessed to the crimes when interrogated

The police command in Sokoto has confirmed the arrest of six suspected cattle rustlers who tried to bribe officers with the sum of N700,000.

Narrating the incident on Wednesday, February 19, the state's commissioner of police, Ibrahim Sani Kaoje, said the cattle rustlers confessed to the crime and revealed that they stole the animals in the Bodinga and Dange/Shunnu local government areas of Sokoto.

Kaoje went on to disclose that the cattle include 24 sheep, 11 cows, eight goats, and three motorcycles, Daily trust reports.

He said: “On interrogation, the suspects confessed to the crime and admitted that they stole the animals from Bodinga LGA, Sokoto and Dange/Shunnu LGA, respectively from the houses of the owners.

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“The suspects also offered bribe sum of N700, 000 to the police patrol team to allow them to escape but the police refused and got them arrested.”

Meanwhile, reported that many people had been killed as gunmen attacked two villages in Batsari local government area of Katsina state.

The gunmen stormed Dankar and Tsauwa areas at night on Friday, February 14, shooting sporadically and setting ablaze houses and vehicles.

One of the villages is said to have been set ablaze by the armed bandits. The villagers have reportedly fled to neighbouring local governments of Batagarawa and Katsina for refuge.

The spokesman of the police command, SP Gambo Isah, promised to provide detail of the attack as soon as possible.

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Katsina had been free from bandits attack in recent times after Governor Aminu Bello Masari granted amnesty to the gunmen last year and paid them some sort of compensation.

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Their return was seen as as a major security risk to Katsina people who have been relieved that no attack has taken place in the last few months.

In the past few months, the bandits had been running rampage in Kaduna and Niger states, invading communities, kidnapping locals and taking advantage of women.

The Nigeria Police Force had been doing its best to contain the murderous activities of the bandits, especially in Kaduna state in recent times. ( -> Same great journalism, upgraded for better service!


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