An eight man gang of armed robbers  terrorizing the Federal Capital  Territory Abuja, Kogi and Kano States, whose main informant was a middle-aged woman known as Hajia has been smashed by the police. Crime Guard gathered during the week, that the gang had links with Kogi State notorious political thug, Zakeria Yua Isiaka, who was arrested recently by operatives of the Inspector General of police Special Intelligence Team, IRT on the Okene-Akure Expressway.

The suspects who were identified as Isah Mohammed, Hajia Rekia Musa, Ismaila Abdulmumuni, Abu-Amidu Disu, Tenimu Musa, Boniface David, Aliu Isah and Danjuma Cyprian were said to have confessed during interrogations that they had carried out several robbery operations including an April 2015 operation in Abuja where over N200 million was stolen from some politicians.

Sources at the police force headquarters added that the suspects’ activities came to the limelight in 2016 when they raided the home of a serving comptroller of the Nigeria Immigration Service. It was further gathered that Hajia would go around town scouting for her victims whose information she would send to the robbers before they would strike. When Crime Guard interacted with the suspects they narrated how they formed their gangs and how they carried out their operations.

I went for only one operation with my gang—Mohammed 25-year-old Isah Mohammed told Crime Guard after his arrest that he went for one operation with his gang but he provided all the information they needed. According to him; “I am Igbira by tribe from Kogi State but I stay in Buwari area of Abuja. I am a fashion designer and I have a shop at Bwari area. It was my bad friends I met in Abuja who led me into armed robbery.

There was this guy Ismaila who was my customer who told me that some politicians used to bring huge amount of money to his office at Amadi plaza in Mabuchi area of Abuja which they would share. He said he wished he had charms that would enable him rob them of the money.

When I told one of my other customers, Dan, who I believe had charms he asked me to bring Ismaila and we all went to the place including some of Dan’s friends in a dark green Honda Accord car. Dan however argued that charms would not work but that we would need guns to rob the politicians of the money.

On the day the politicians came to share their money, Ismaila called to inform me that our target was there, I then informed Dan who went with his gang to rob them and later gave me N4.5m to share with Ismaila. But later when I learned that over N200m was robbed from the politicians, I felt cheated and complained to Dan who told me that one powerful man called Zakari from Kogi state but based in Abuja took the lion share.

He then took me Zakari’s house in Abuja where I told him that I was the informant who brought the job but I was not treated well. Zakari then asked me to be patient, that he was going to help me. He also told me that he was a political thug working with Abubakar Audu who promised to settle him with a lucrative contract if he won the governorship.

Dan also introduced me to one of Zakari’s boys, Bonni who was said to have formed his own gang. I gave Bonni information about a filling station in my area which he and his gang robbed and I was given N100,000 as my share of the loot.

Last month, one of my friends called me and told me of a woman, simply known as Hajia who had information about a house in Kano where they keep a lot of foreign currencies. All of us then went to the house but we could not do anything because of the presence of a large number of policemen.

We also carried out another operation at Mike Yahman Street, Maraba area of Abuja which Hajia said was owned by a government official who had stolen a lot of money. Few days after that Maraba operation, one of our gang members was arrested and he led policemen to arrest the rest of us.

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