A dismissed soldier, Abdullahi Danladi and three other suspected members of his gang have been arrested by the police in Kebbi State.
Danladi, who police said claimed to be serving in the 533 Brigade Signal in Yola before he was dismissed in 2009, was arrested in Abuja after allegedly snatching a Toyota Camry car from a woman at Gobirawa, Argungu area of Kebbi State.
The Commissioner of Police, Garba Mohammed Danjuma, said the ex-soldier and his gang members, Chibuzo Anefuna and Sani Abdullahi, were invited from Abuja and Masaka area of Nasarawa State by one Peter Patrick to Argungu area of Kebbi State to carry out the car snatching operation.
“The gang came to the residence of the lady with dangerous weapons, they tied her with rope and carted away her Toyota Camry car with registration number Abuja 514EQ and two of her handsets,” the CP said.
He added that after the attack, the personnel of Operation Puff Adder swung into action and through reliable information they were able to intercept the gang, arrest them and recover the car.
While speaking to our correspondent at the police command in Birnin Kebbi, the suspect said, “I was formerly attached to the 533 Armoured Brigade in Adamawa. This was the first time I was coming to Kebbi to steal car. I was dismissed from the army in 2009 for AWOL. I was working with Star Marshal as Security Officer when I was contacted for this operation”.
The CP said all the suspects were arrested in Abuja and they have confessed to the crime and would soon be charged to court.