Bauchi man in police custody for stealing motorcycles

A 30-year-old man who specialises in stealing motorcycles has been arrested by the Bauchi State Police Command.

The suspect, Bello Mohammed, alias Faruk Manja, a resident of Bakaro Area of Bauchi metropolis and Kabiru Danfulani, now at large, have been carrying out their nefarious acts for over four years.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Bauchi State Command, Ahmed Wakil, who stated this in a statement made available to journalists, said that the suspect confessed during interrogation that he and his partner had stolen over 20 motorcycles over the period.

Wakil, a Superintendent of Police, said that the two-man gang had been terrorising Yobe and Bauchi states.

He said that the suspects criminally conspired among themselves and broke into a residence located at Old Airport Road, GRA, and stole his N640,000 worth Honda Civic and an old motorcycle.

According to him, luck ran out on them when the victim reported the incident to the police and they immediately swung into action and arrested them while trying to escape with the stolen vehicle.

“The Command has arrested a two-man squad that specialises in snatching motorcycles. The suspects have been carrying out their nefarious activities for about four years within Bauchi and other neighbouring states.

“On August 24, 2023, about 6.30am, one Aliyu Muhammad Gidado, male, of Old Airport Road, GRA, Bauchi, reported at B’ Divisional Police Headquarters, Bauchi metropolis, that on the same date at about 4am, he discovered that Bello Mohammed, alias Faruk Manja, male (30) of Bakaro area of Bauchi and Kabiru Danfulani, male of Muda Lawal, Bauchi, now at large, criminally conspired among themselves and trespassed into his house and stole his vehicle, a Honda Civic car, golden colour with Reg No. MSA-350-PD valued at N640,000, alongside a skeletal motorcycle, green colour, with the value yet to be ascertained.

“On receipt of the report, a team of detectives led by the DPO B’ Division, CSP Holman Simon, swiftly swung into action and circulated the incident to various police patrol teams/divisions within and outside the state.

“Subsequently, in their process to escape with the stolen vehicle along Maiduguri-Bauchi road, police operatives drafted to Soro Division led by the DPO, Soro Division, SP Aliyu Goni, intercepted the vehicle and arrested one of the culprits.

“During interrogation, the first suspect voluntarily confessed to having been a motorcycle snatcher for about four years and approximately stole 20 Jincheng motorcycles in different areas of Bauchi and Yobe states, while the second suspect is now at large,” he said.

The state police spokesman said preliminary investigation led to the arrest of one Abdulrazak Idris, alias “Over”, male (27) of Federal Low-cost Area of Bauchi State, adding that the receivers of the stolen items were currently at large.

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