Police arrest suspected armed robbers using charms to break houses in Katsina


By Ridwan Adekunle

The Police Command  in Katsina State has arrested three suspected armed robbers who specialise in using charms to break  houses in Daura Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

The Command’s Spokesperson, SP Gambo Isah, stated this in a statement  released to journalists on Tuesday in Katsina.

He said, “On Sept.12, 2022 at about 4.00 p.m., and  based on a tip off, the Command succeeded in arresting/busting a notorious syndicate of armed robbers terrorising Daura LGA and its environs.

“Nemesis caught up with the suspects namely: Abdullahi Sa’idu, aged 50, from Hadejia in Jigawa; Umar Abubakar Faruk, aged 23, of Badawa Quarters from Kano State and Zakariyya Hussaini, aged 25,  from  Yar Leman, also in Jigawa.

“They were arrested when they conspired and forcefully broke into the dwellings of Idris Ahmed, alias Baban Hajiya; Mujihabi Yusif; Sa’a Abdu; Ibrahim Sani and Umar Sani, all of the same address.

“The suspects  robbed their victims  of their belongings.

“In the course of investigation, the suspects confessed to have been using charms that would lure  their victims to sleep until they  would have finished committing their nefarious act.”

According to the Police Spokesperson, the suspects also confessed to have got their charms from a ritualist in the neighbouring Niger Republic.

He added that exhibits recovered from them include: fabricated keys; house-breaking implements; machete; five different handsets as well as iron pinches and  substances suspected to be charms.

He said that the command was carrying out additional investigations and that the suspects  would be charged to court after completion of the  investigations.