- The Zamfara state police command has arrested Anka Bashir, a SSS 1 pupil of the Federal Government College for parading himself as bandits' leader
- Bashir reportedly called the principal of the school and threatened her to pay a sum of N3million to avoid kidnapping his students
- Husaini Rabiu, the Zamfara state commissioner of police, said on Friday, July 2, that the suspect was arrested based on the information given by the principal
The Punch reports that Bashir allegedly paraded himself as a bandit leader in order to swindle the principal of the college out of N3m.
Legit.ng gathered that the suspect reportedly called the principal on the phone, telling her that he was a bandits’ leader.
Nigerian Tribune also noted that Bashir demanded that the principal pay N3m otherwise he and his gang members would come to the school and kidnap pupils.
How we arrested suspect Anka Bashir
The state commissioner of police, Husaini Rabiu, disclosed this on Friday, July 2, adding that Bashir had been arrested.
“On July 1, 2021, the principal of Federal Government College, Anka, reported to the DPO (Divisional Police Officer), Anka division that an unknown person called her and demanded the sum of N3m or would storm the school and attack the students.
“On receipt of the complaint, police swung into action and arrested one Tukur Bashir in the Bakura local government area of the state. On interrogation, the suspect was found to be an SS1 student of the school.”
According to the CP, the investigation was ongoing to arrest other members of his gang for prosecution.
Police dismiss alleged bandits' invasion in Osun community
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that there was panic in the Ofatedo community, Osun state, in the early hours of Friday, July 2, following insinuation that some bandits had stormed a school in the town to kidnap pupils.
It was reported that the source of the alarm was not known, but as the news spread to other parts of the community, many parents rushed to schools to take their children home.
A resident had raised the alarm that suspected bandits had pasted a notice on the wall of a private school in Ofatedo, saying they would soon attack the school and kidnap pupils.
Jamiu Oladokun, one of the parents, said that he was forced to rush back home from work to pick his children from their school after news reached him in Osogbo that bandits had stormed Ofatedo to attack schools.
The spokesperson of Osun state police command, Yemisi Opalola, however, said the report was a false alarm.