Katsina police arrest ‘spirit fraudsters’

The Katsina State Police Command has arrested three suspected fraudsters who allegedly specialised in defrauding their victims by claiming to be spirits.

A spokesman for the police in the state, SP Gambo Isah, identified the men as Usman Adamu, 40; Abba Ibrahim, 38; and Abdurrauf Iliyasu, 39.

He said, “Nemesis caught up with them when they called a woman, Jamila Sulaiman, on her phone that they were spirits (Aljannu), and directed her to go to the outskirts of Yar-Gamji village and drop the sum of N150,000 or risk her parents or children being killed by spirits.

“The victim, out of fear, took the money to the location and dropped it. Furthermore, she transferred another N97,000 into the hoodlums’ bank account.

“In the course of investigation, the suspects were trailed and arrested and they confessed to the crime and other similar offences. Investigation is ongoing.”

The command said it also arrested two suspected bandits, Hassan Magu, 20, and Salisu Lado, 25, on March 17, 2021.

The suspects were alleged to be on their way to the Dandume Local Government Area of the state for an operation when they were intercepted.

Isah said the duo confessed to taking part in several operations in Katsina, Zamfara and Kaduna states.

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