News - North West - Kano Updated: March 01, 2024

132 armed robbery suspects, drug dealers arrested in Kano - Police

March 01, 2024

The Kano State Police Command in has arrested 132 suspects for alleged kidnapping, armed robbery, and illicit drug dealing in two months in different parts of the state.

“We have arrested 65 suspected thugs (Yandaba), 22 suspected thieves, 25 suspected drug dealers, 11 kidnapping suspects, and 9 suspected illegal Forex hawkers from January to date in different parts of the state", the state Commissioner of Police, Hussaini Gumel said while speaking with reporters on Friday.

According to the CP, the command also arrested motor vehicle thieves, motorcycle thieves, tricycle thieves, human trafficking suspects, and suspected fraudsters, among others, during the period. 

He also revealed that the command rescued four kidnap victims, two human trafficking victims, and recovered items and goods during the period. 

They include two AK-47 rifles, one locally made pump-action rifle, and four live cartridges. 


Gumel said that from January 1 to date, all forms of major crimes, such as armed robbery, kidnapping, cattle rustling, car theft, drug dealings, and thuggery, had significantly been reduced in all parts of the state. 

“The previous threats of daylight and night mobile phone armed robbery are now a story of the past, with no single record in the last two months

"The police command has been supported to fight more than two decades of public outcry on cases of missing children, abduction, and kidnapping of minors. 

“The trend has been significantly surmounted as further efforts are ongoing to recover more and to unite the children with their biological parents,” he said. 

He further stated that the command was able to smash and dismantle trans-border syndicates of motor vehicle thieves with the arrest and recovery of a large number of vehicles. 


“The chain of illicit drug dealings has also been dismembered. Many drug dealers were arrested, and a large number of illicit drugs were recovered", he added.

Speaking on banditry along the 17 front-line states’ border local government areas, Gumel said the command had engaged with the sister security services in a series of raids and joint operations. 

He said this had cleared their camps and hideouts through which they were infiltrating the soft target locations, which had significantly reduced banditry, kidnapping, and related crimes. 

He revealed that the seasonal farmer/herder clashes prevalent in Makoda, Sumaila, and Tudun Wada local government areas had been curtailed with continuous community policing engagements. 

“Robust collaborative policing and the sustained synergy with all security agencies in the state have been one of the vehicles yielding the positive results the police command is achieving.


“All these achievements by the Kano State Police Command were the result of compliance with and following up with the vision, mission, and guidance of the IGP Egbetokun", Gumel submitted.

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