By Abiodun OBA
At least 26 persons have been arrested for alleged phone snatching, theft, burglary and drug abuse in Jigawa state.
The Jigawa Police Command Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Lawan Shiisu, made the disclosure in a statement in Dutse on Sunday.
He said the arrest was sequel to series of raids between Dec. 18 and Dec. 19, in four local government areas of the state.
The spokesman said that operatives of the command arrested a teenager over alleged phone snatching and N10,000 theft at Babura town in Babura LGA, while two other suspects nabbed over alleged theft of six laptop computers and a motorbike in Hadejia.
He said the operatives also arrested a suspect in Kazaure for alleged theft of two air conditioners, adding that the police arrested 22 other suspects during raids at criminal hideouts in Kiyawa, Burnin Kudu and Maigatari LGAs between Dec. 17 and Dec. 21.
Shiisu said the police recovered one motorcycle, wraps of Cannabis Sativa and a number of narcotic substances, among others during the raids.
“The command, under the leadership of the Commissioner of Police, Mr Ahmadu Abdullahi, is warning criminal elements to either repent or stay away from the state.
“As it has since embarked on simultaneous raids on all the identified black spots and criminal hideouts across the state,” he said.
This, he said, would build confidence among residents so that they could go about their lawful businesses and sleep with their two eyes closed.
According to him, the suspects will be charged to court on completion of investigations.