The Department of the State Security (DSS) in Kano have arrested three notorious criminals specialised in robbing people who are using POS for financial transactions.
Parading the suspected criminals, the State Director of the DSS, Alhassan Muhammad, said for the last three years the criminals have been terrorising Kano and it’s environs.
He named members of the syndicate who are already in their custody to include Abubakar Umar (30), Abubakar Suleiman (38) and Ya’u Abubakar (35).
According to him, they were apprehended on November 2, 2021 after breaking a motorcycle and made away with N300,000.
“We got them at a house around Jain quarters within Kano Metropolitan City, after breaking the motorcycle to steal the money. Our surveillance team did the magic.
“For the last three years, these guys have been operating in Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Maiduguri and so many other states, and on several occasions, they were arrested but later regained their freedom because of the Institutional weaknesses facing us.”
According to the Director of the state secret Agent, members of the syndicate are all over the places operating, “but we have spread our men to ensure that they nab all of them.”
He added that when investigations are concluded, the suspected criminals would be handed over to the police for prosecution.
The DSS boss in Kano further hinted that, “we have strong evidence against them and their activities of robbery, because where they could not see easy money to collect, they sometimes use force, with clear tendencies to rob their victims.”
One of their victims who was robbed of N300,000, while riding on a motorbike told journalists that he was intercepted by the syndicate while trying to transfer the money via POS.
“I thank the DSS agents who were close by and on surveillance, without my knowledge, they trailed them and got my money back.”
In his confessional statement, Abubakar Umar, the ring leader of the robbery syndicate, said he has been in the illicit Open Boots Syndicate for the last three years.
He said he had used the proceeds to travel to Dubai, came back and continued with it.
According to him, they don’t use dangerous weapons on their victims, while obtaining them.