The police command in Katsina State says it has arrested a 30-year-old bandit suspected to be involved in the killing of Dutsinma Area Commander ACP Aminu Umar.
Mr Umar was ambushed and killed by bandits in a fierce gun duel on July 5 while leading a patrol team on their usual clearance operation of terrorists in the area.
The bandits overpowered the police patrol team in a fierce gun encounter that eventually led to his death and that of another officer.
The command spokesperson, ASP Aliyu Abubakar-Sadiq, told journalists on Thursday that the suspect, Sa’idu Yaro, also known as Sabon Jini, was arrested on August 30.
The suspect hails from Tsaskiya village in Safana Local Government Area, Katsina State.
“The suspect has been on the command’s wanted list for a series of offences, such as kidnapping, cattle rustling and other heinous crimes.
“Nemesis caught up with him when he was arrested in connection with the kidnapping of one Hussaini Nabara of Kagara village in Dutsinma LGA.
“During the investigation, he was discovered to be a member of the gang of one Abubakar Jankare, a notorious bandit leader in the area,” he said.
According to him, the suspect confessed to conspiring with other notorious bandits to ambush and kill late ACP Umar.
Meanwhile, the command had, on September 2, arrested a 35-year-old gunrunner and bandits informant, Ibrahim Abdullahi, alias Dogo, of Sabongarin Dumburawa, Batsari LGA.
The spokesperson said 404 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition were recovered from the suspect.
“The suspect was arrested in possession of the exhibit, and in the course of the investigation, he confessed to the commission of the crime.
“The suspect admitted that he received the ammunition alongside his accomplice, now at large, from someone in Wukari LGA of Taraba,” he said.
Mr Abubakar-Sadiq also revealed the arrest of a 19-year-old suspected kidnapper and a 65-year-old suspected paedophile.
He said all the suspects would be charged to court after concluding investigations.