Three people have been taken into custody by the Jigawa police command in connection with the purported theft of forty-eight goats from the Babura and Kiyawa Local Government Areas of the state.
The suspects were taken into custody in different operations between Monday and Tuesday, according to Mr. Ahmadu Abdullahi, the state’s commissioner of police (CP), who made the announcement to reporters in Dutse on Thursday.
Abdullahi said two of the suspects, identified as Abdullahi Usman, 20, and Hassan Ado, 22, allegedly conspired with one Tasiu Umar, now at large, and stole 26 goats worth N1.3 million.
The commissioner said one Hassan Ibrahim of Abari village in Niger Republic had, on Jan. 22, at about 9 a.m., approached the Babura police station and reported the theft of his goats worth N1.3 million.
He said the command, upon receipt of the report, swung into action, leading to the arrest of Usman Ado as well as the recovery of eight goats in their possession.
The commissioner said the suspects during interrogation confessed to having stolen the 26 goats and also confirmed that 18 of the goats were sold to Abdullahi Amadu of Kunyafa village and one Mustapha of Madangana village, both at large, at the cost of N210,000.
The CP added that the arrested third suspect, identified as Ado Buba 25, a resident of Dundubus village in Dutse, was arrested in possession of 22 goats suspected to be stolen.
“On Jan. 23, at about 4 p.m., a patrol team attached to Kiyawa police division, while on patrol, accosted Ado Buba, aged 22, of Dundubus Fulani camp in Dutse, while in possession of 22 goats strongly suspected to be stolen,” he said.
Abdullahi said Buba, during his interrogation, confessed to having stolen the goats from Andaza village in Kiyawa.
“Later, the owner of the goats, one Adamu Maina of Andaza village, was traced, and he identified the goats as being his,” the CP added.
The head of police announced that after the investigation was finished, charges would be brought against the suspects.
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