POLICE in Kano have arrested two serial mobile phone snatchers who rob people’s phones with dangerous weapons, disguising as tricycle riders.
It could be recalled that Kano residents fell prey to these young b on daily basis who posed as tricycle riders, only to rob passengers of their phones and other valuables at lonely lanes.
Mohammed Jidda (20) and Adamu Sulaiman (22 ), all of Brigade Quarters, Kano, are cooling their heels at the Bompai Police headquarters for forcefully snatching phones of Kano residents, posing as tricycle riders.
Three stolen Mobile Phones were recovered from them.
According to the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in charge of Kano Command, Superintendent of Police, Abdullahi Hakuna Kiyawa, the suspected criminals were nabbed by a team of Operation PUFF ADDER despatched by Commissioner of Police, Mr. Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko.
The Police Image Maker stated that, ” reports were received that, a syndicate of thieves, disguised as Tricycle Operators, snatched Mobile Phones of unsuspecting passengers at State Road, Tukur Road, and Zaria Road Kano, using a Tricycle with KAROTA Number KBY 0126.
“On receipt of the reports, the Commissioner of Police, Kano State Command, CP Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko, fsi raised and instructed a team of Operation Puff Adder led by CSP Bashir Musa Gwadabe to trace and arrest the culprits.
“The team immediately swung into action. Sustained efforts and intelligence-led follow-up led to the arrest of Mohammed Jidda, ‘m’, 20 years old, and Adamu Sulaiman, ‘m’, 22 years old, all of Brigade Quarters Kano. Suspects were arrested on 25/06/2022 at State Road Kano with the said Tricycle in possession of three suspected stolen Mobile Phones.
“On investigation, the suspects confessed that they are thieves and they specialized in using Tricycle to snatch the Mobile Phones of their unsuspecting passengers. They all confessed to taking intoxicants and have been operating along Tukur Road, State Road, Zaria Road, and other places within Kano Metropolis for over one year. The Mobile Phones in their possession, were also stolen from passengers.
” Owners of the Mobile Phones were traced. One of the suspects, Mohammed Jidda further confessed that he was arrested sometimes back for the same offense, charged to court, and sentenced to six months in the correctional center with an option of a fine. He spent three months, later the fine was paid and he was released.
” The Commissioner of Police ordered for discreet investigation, after which suspects will be charged to court for prosecution.
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