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Zamfara police arrest 40 suspects over looting

Zamfara State Police Command said it has so far arrested 40 suspects alleged to have been involved in vandalising APC and government’s properties in the looting that erupted after PDP governorship candidate, Dauda Lawal Dare was declared winner.

According to a press statement issued by the command’s spokesman, SP Mohammed Shehu, some of the properties were recovered by the command.

SP Shehu said the 40-man gang, led by Yahaya Abubakar, 50, took advantage of Dare’s victory to loot properties belonging to individuals and the government in the state.

“Dare’s victory did not [grant] anybody the power to destroy government and individuals’ properties; security operatives will never tolerate that in the state,” the statement added.

The statement noted that 36 bundles of wrappers, eight cushion chairs, three sets of televisions, one solar panel, six bags of POP cement and a Golf 3 vehicle, among others, were recovered.

Items recovered also include a caterpillar radiator, two rug carpets, a deep freezer, a bundle of armoured cable wires, three office chairs and bags of rice.

Zamfara State Commissioner of Police, Kolo Yusuf, who led a joint security team to bring the situation under control, arrested 26 suspects in connection with the incident.

The statement explained that the three area commanders and DPOs also embarked on a similar exercise in their respective areas to avert escalation, and subsequently arrested another 14 suspects from whom were also recovered looted properties.

Yusuf while appealing for calm, reassured citizens of diligent investigation with a view to arresting fleeing suspects and their collaborators for prosecution.

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