27th September, 2011
A former councillor in Rimi Local Government Area of Katsina State has been declared wanted by the Kano Police Command for allegedly recruiting and training armed robbers.
The councillor, popularly called Mustapha Mosquito, was declared wanted alongside one Sulaiman Alhassan.
Alhaji Ibrahim Idris, the Commissioner of Police in Kano State, declared the councillor wanted while parading 28 suspected armed robbers and other criminals arrested in different parts of the state.
Idris said that Mustapha and Alhassan were wanted for their alleged involvement in several robberies, theft of several vehicles and channelling the stolen vehicles to Tokunbo dealers in states in the Northern part of the country.
â€œSo far, several vehicles traced to one of the robbery kingpins, Sulaiman Alhassan, have been located and recovered in Bauchi and Adamawa by the Kano police anti-robbery squad.
According to the police commissioner, the command has already issued a warrant for the arrest of the suspects, while their pictures will also be widely circulated so that they can be apprehended within or outside the country.
â€œWe are also sending their pictures to Interpol so that the alerts will be circulated in our West African sub-region, most especially in Niger Republic, Chad and Cameroon.â€
Idris advised all car dealers to have proper identification and addresses of those who bought vehicles from them.
â€œOur investigation has shown that few unscrupulous car dealers are part of the syndicates that receive vehicles from armed robbers, legitimise the vehicles with fake papers and sell them as Tokunbo at several car stands.â€
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 22 vehicles recovered from the suspects were displayed at the parade.