The Niger State Police Command has arrested seven suspected thugs including a notorious gang leader over murder of a 25-year-old man to death in Minna.
Spokesperson of the command, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, who confirmed the arrest in a statement on Saturday, June 4, said the deceased identified as Mukthar Bashir, was stabbed to death during a clash between rival gangs of Unguwan Daji and Limawa areas.
“In view of the recent youth restiveness in Minna metropolis in which on 02/06/2022 at about 1900hrs, some miscreants engaged themselves in a free for all around Angwan-Daji and Limawa area of Minna, unfortunately during the fight one Muktar Bashir aged 25yrs ‘m’ of Limawa was stabbed dead,” the PPRO stated.
“Upon receipt of the information, Department of operations, Area Commander metro and other patrol teams in the metro were mobilized to the scene and two suspects were apprehended while others took to their heels. However, the corpse was taken to general hospital Minna for autopsy and later released to the family for burial.
“Consequently, on 04/06/2022 at about 1020hrs, distress call was received of a suspected reprisal attack that some youths were engaging in a similar fight around stadium junction; along Bosso road causing panic and blockage of the road
“Police tactical teams immediately moved to the area and three other suspects were arrested including a notorious gang leader from Angwan-Daji by name Isah Aliyu aged 23yrs (a.k.a Gaye, Obasanjo) who stabbed the said Muktar dead.
Others arrested are: Ishaya Sunday aged 22yrs ‘m’ of Bosso, Sani Ibrahim aged 24yrs ‘m’ of Fadikpe, Aliyu Mohammed aged 24yrs ‘m’ of Bosso and Isah Abdulrahman aged 20 yrs ‘m’ of Sauka-Kahuta, together with those earlier arrested.
Abiodun noted that adequate deployment of tactical teams has been strategically put in place around the identified areas where these menace occur within the metropolis to forestall reoccurrence.
“The Commissioner of Police, Niger State Command CP Monday Bala Kuryas, fsi urges members of the public not to panic and go about their lawful businesses as the Police shall continue the flushing of notorious gangsters and their fleeing members.”