Four arrested for robbing cattle trader of N600k in Kwara

Okasanmi

spokesperson of the Kwara State Police Command, Okasanmi Ajayi.

By Bushrah Yusuf-Badmus

Operatives of the Kwara Police Command have arrested four suspects who allegedly robbed one Alhaji Yahaya Ishaku of Ahun Fulani of N600,000.

This is contained in a statement issued on Wednesday by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Ajayi Okasanmi.

He said the police collaborated with the Oro-Ogo branch of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association to arrest the suspects on Aug. 22.

“In a combined operation, a team of policemen and members of Miyetti Allah of Oro-Ago went in search of a gang of armed robbers, whose stock-in-trade was mainly robbing unsuspecting citizens in the area of their money and goods on market days.

“The operation became necessary after an intelligence compass pointed to the fact that the perpetrators were hibernating in a Fulani camp in Oro-Ago.”

Okasanmi said Ishaku was way-laid and robbed of the proceeds of cows he sold for N600,000 while returning home from Kara market in Ajase-Ipo on Aug. 20.

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A preliminary investigation revealed that one of the suspects was hired by the complainant to load the cows into a vehicle while being taken to the market.

“On his way back from the market, the victim, who was on a bike returning to the camp, was blocked by the gang. They hit him on the head with sticks, he fell off the motorcycle and became unconscious.

“He was searched by the assailants and the N600,000, the proceeds of the sale, found on him was taken away. During the investigation, the suspects confessed to the crime, and the sum of N400,000 was recovered.

“Efforts are in progress to recover the balance,” Okasanmi said.

Also, the Commissioner of Police, Tuesday Assayomo, had directed that the case be handled by the State Criminal Investigation Department.

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