On Thursday the 18th of August 2022, the Zamfara Police Command arrested two suspects. The suspects were alleged to have extorted a sum of N5 million from the residents of Yar-Katsina village under the guise of facilitating the deployment of security personnel to the community.
In a statement issued by the Public Relations Officer, SP Muhammad Shehu on Thursday, he said of the suspects hailed from Jangebe village in Talata Mafara Local Government Area while the other was from Yardole in Gusau LGA.
He went on to say that; “The arrest of the suspects was as a result of complaints received from members of the community against the principal suspect, Lawali Musa.”
“Police investigation revealed that the principal suspect confessed to have collected the sum of N5 million from the community in the name of assisting them to have security agencies deployed to their community.”
“The second suspect, Jamilu Isah, confessed that the sum of 800,000 out of the N5 million collected was deposited into his account.”
According to SP Shehu, the deployment of security operatives to villages and communities is purely free of charge.
Appealing to people of the state, the police command urged them to report any person or group demanding money from them to secure the deployment of security operatives to their areas.
“You can reach out to the police or any relevant authority regarding the general security of your respective areas.
“Any suspect should also be reported to the police or any security agency for appropriate action,” he added.
The SP said the suspects who would be charged to court after full investigation.