Zamfara state police command has announced the arrest of six (6) suspected informants that are accused of supplying information to the bandits.
According to a statement by the police spokesperson SP Shehu Muhammad, the suspects are accused of supplying arms and amunitions including military camouflage to the bandits.
SP Shehu gave the names of the suspects to include: Abubakar Mainasara, Babangida Muhammad, Jamilu Kawali, Kawali Ibrahim Galadima, Surajo Idris as well as Ahmadu Rufai Birnin Magaji.
“The arrested suspects listed above are members of a notorious syndicate of informants who collaborate with Bandits to terrorize peace-loving people of Gusau, K/Namoda, Tsafe, Bungudu LGAs”.
“The nefarious activities of this syndicate group were to provide information to Bandits to make it easier for them to attack communities and kidnap people for ransom”.
Shehu also said the suspects are accused of collecting millions of Naira to secure arms/amunitions as well as military camouflage for the Bandits.
Their recent dirty business was when one of the suspects Abubakar Mainasara ‘M’ A.K.A Major in his statement to the police confessed of collecting the sum of eight hundred and fifty thousand naira (N850, 000) from the bandits to source for military camouflage uniforms for them, a consignment that was given to one of the suspects Babangida Major, who connived with one of their collaborators, a tailor by name Jamilu Lawali Gusau to source and sew the uniforms which at the end was delivered to the Bandits”.
According to Shehu, “the same suspect further confessed of collecting the sum of Two Million Naira (N2,000,000) from Bandits to supply arms and ammunition for them, even though, two of his accomplices Lawal Ibrahim and Surajo Idris confirmed to the Police that the money given to the suspect was six million naira (N6,000,000) for the arms deal consignment and not N2,000,000 naira”.
Shehu further said, “the sum of one million naira (N1,000,000) was given to same Babangida Soja ‘M’, who in turn gave only sixty thousand naira (N60,000) to Jamilu Lawali the Tailor for the supply of the ammunition who at the end supplied ten (10) rounds of AK-47 live ammunition which was handed over to the Bandits through Babangida Soja and Abubakar Mainasara.