The Sokoto State Command’s Commissioner of Police, CP Ali Hayatu Kaigama, has praised the command’s officers for their high level of professionalism in rejecting a suspects’ offer of N800,000.
Police officers on patrol along Birnin Kebbi road in the state had stopped a Volkswagen Sharon car loaded with twelve rolls of copper wires that they believed to be from an electric pole. The statement which the command’s spokesperson, DSP Sanusi Abubakar, released on Thursday, May 18, 2023, disclosed this.
The PPRO claims that the suspects, Ahmadu Bello, Yusha’u Abubakar, and Rufa’i Sani, tried to bribe the police. In order for the officers to turn a blind eye, the men offered them $800,000 as bribe.
“In pursuance of his mandate as the Commissioner of Police in Sokoto State, the command under the leadership of CP Ali Hayatu Kaigama, on 13/05/2023 at about 0600hrs, a team of detectives attached to Bodinga Police Station on visibility policing intercepted the following suspects: Rabiu Bala, Shafiu Namadi, Laminu Salisu and Muhammad Rabiu all of Bodinga in Sokoto and Jega LG of Kebbi respectively with Copper wires reasonably suspected to have been stolen from a transformer,” the statement read.
“Upon investigation, they confessed to have criminally conspired with one Habibu Namadi and vandalized a transformer located at Kauran Mido Area in Bodinga and removed its copper with intent to sale it to one Ibrahim Usman of Jega LG of Kebbi State who facilitated the transport money and tools to perpetrate the act. Investigation is in progress.
“In the same vein on 17/05/2023, policemen on patrol attached to DOPS Sokoto along Birnin Kebbi road equally intercepted a Sharon Vehicle, dark blue in colour with Reg. No. KSF356 Lagos, loaded with twelve rolls of copper wires suspected to also be from an electric pole.
“The policemen collected the money as exhibit and brought the suspects with their vehicle to the State Criminal and Investigation Departments for discreet investigation.
Meanwhile, the command is sounding a serious warning to unpatriotic citizens destroying government infrastructure and at the same time warning political parties affiliates against the upcoming inauguration to desist from any attempt to perpetrate unwanted act before, during and after the inauguration.