Three suspected Fulani herdsmen arrested for stealing motocycles in Ilorin

KWARA State Police Command has arrested three suspected Fulani herdsmen, who specialise in using rearing sticks to snatch motorcycles from unsuspecting people.

  Speaking on Tuesday while parading some suspects before reporters in Ilorin , the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Salihu Garba, said other exhibits found on the Fulani herdsmen included machete and dagger knife.

 “On January 12, 2015 at about 2000 hours, one Kareem Masih and Ibrahim Mashi, both male of Budo Aiki farm settlement were robbed at Gwanara by Fulani men who armed themselves with rearing sticks, cutlasses and knife. 

 They snatched their unregistered Red Bajaj motorcycle valued at N95, 000 and also inflicted machete cut injury on Ibrahim Mashi. One of the suspects, Abdullahi Gani, male, of Dawiru village, was later arrested by the police and identified by the victims.

 “Also, on January 13, 2015 at about 0700 hours, one Suleiman Alabi and Mrs. Salimat Suleiman were robbed at Banni and their unregistered motorcycle was snatched from them. The robbers also beat the victim with a stick, which resulted in injuries sustained by the victims on hand and fore head respectively. 

 Concerted effort by operative led to the arrest of the suspect and recovery of the motorcycle”, he said.

  Besides, the police boss said that a team of detectives from Airport Police Post, Ilorin, intercepted the third suspect, said to belong to a gang of armed robbers terrorising the area, adding that he would soon be charged to court.

 The police command also said that it recovered arms and ammunition, including two locally-made single barrel guns with two expended cartridges, one locally- made pistol with two live cartridges, one locally-made single barrel, two dane guns and 10 live cartridges at Bode Saadu area in Moro Local Council, adding that investigation was still in progress.

 Also paraded was a suspected member of cult group, who was arrested at G110 Gambari Road, Ilorin with exhibits such as one USA made pistol without magazine, 13 rounds of live ammunition, two pieces of foreign currency, one BlackBerry handset and criminal charms, adding that the suspect, who could not give satisfactory account of how he possessed the weapon, confessed to be a cult member.

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