Operatives of the Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team, IRT, have apprehended four members of a notorious gang which specialised in cattle rustling and kidnapping in Zamfara state and their arms supplier.
Vanguard gathered that the suspects, identified as Hamisu Sani, Shehu Sani, Yusuf Mande and Lawal Abubakar, were trailed to their hideouts in Bauchi and Zamfara States, by the IRT, through the aid of intelligent gathering and deployment of advance technologies. Police sources disclosed that the suspects who were mainly Fulani natives confessed during interrogations to be commanders of one Buharin Daji’s group which had been terrorizing farmers and cattle herders across several towns and communities of Zamfara State in recent time. It was gathered that one of Buharin Daji’s arms supplier Lawal Abubakar, was arrested in Zamfara State and he confessed to have supplied over 10 Ak-47 assault rifles to the group. His confessions were said to have aided the operatives in apprehending three other commanders of the group.
When Vanguard interviewed the suspects, 27-year-old Shehu Sani, who identified himself as one of Buharin Daji’s commanders explained that his group killed their victims who were mainly inhabitants of remote villages in Zamafara State for putting up resistance while trying to rustle their cattle.
In his confession, he said, “I joined the Buharin Daji’s group because I needed to protect my cattle from being rustled. I have gone to several operations with him in Zamfara State and our intentions were mainly cattle rustling but some of the villagers put up resistance and we had no option than to kill them and burn their houses before carting away their cattle. Buharin Daji used to pay me N5000 after each killing and cattle rustling, but he had been killed by Dogo Dide’s group. I had no intention to kill anyone, I only wanted their cattle.