The police in Gombe State have arrested 15 suspected criminals for various offences in the state.
Mahid Mu’azu, spokesperson of the state police command, disclosed this on Wednesday in Gombe.
Mu’azu said the suspects were arrested for alleged offences ranging from culpable homicide, rape, and theft to robbery, among others.
He said on August 4, at about 0315 hrs, one Mohammed Usman of Panda village, via Kumo in Akko local government area of Gombe State, reported at Akko Divisional Police Station that Salisu Lawan, 22, of the same address allegedly killed Usman Bello, his 65-year-old father, on the allegation of witchcraft.
Mu’azu said the suspect allegedly hit his victim with a pestle on the head and instantly fell, became unconscious and was rushed to the General Hospital, Kumo but was confirmed dead.
He said another suspect, Mu’azu Mohammed, 25, from Gidim Borehole village in Yamaltu-Deba LGA Gombe State, had been accused of luring a 15-year-old girl, (name withheld), the daughter of his neighbour and raping her on two occasions.
The police spokesperson said that the police were alerted and the suspect was promptly arrested by the Kwadon Divisional Police Headquarters, Yamaltu-Deba LGA. He said both the victim and the suspect were taken to the hospital for medical examination at the Cottage Hospital, Kwadon, adding that the suspect allegedly confessed to the crime.
Ma’azu further said that a 70-year-old man, Adamu Bako, was allegedly attacked with a Dane gun in Kwangu-Kulani village in Balanga LGA, from which he sustained injuries to his back and other parts of the body.
Mu’azu said the police from the Balanga division, during an investigation, arrested six suspects from Kulani village in Balanga. He said the suspects voluntarily confessed to the crime.
“Similarly, on August 1 at about 1:30 am, three suspects identified as Mohammed Ajuji, Usman Saidu and Amir Mohammed, were apprehended by the Billiri Division patrol team in connection with a case of vandalism and theft of a transformer belonging to Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JED) worth N2.3 million.”
He said upon interrogation, all the suspects confessed to the crime, saying they would soon be charged in court.
He added that three more suspects, Isah Adamu, Auwal Mohammed and Abubakar Nasiru, were arrested by the state Low-Cost division in Gombe town on August 6, for alleged criminal conspiracy.
The spokesman said their arrest followed a complaint by one Mohammed Abdulsam of Barunde quarters, Gombe.
The PPRO said the suspects allegedly broke into the complainant’s house and stole a set of Wanda Polo boxes, 15 sets of wrappers, an HP computer with charger, a satellite receiver, one bedsheet with two curtains, a Sony television set and N120,000 cash.
He said police allegedly found the stolen items in their possession, adding the suspects would soon be charged in court.