Police in Kano State reported the arrest of eight men and two women for allegedly being members of a syndicate that specializes in hacking people’s accounts in order to extract money.
DSP Abdullahi Haruna-Kiyawa, the Public Relations Officer, made the announcement in Kano.
On July 14, at about 23:50hrs, a team of policemen led by DSP Kabir Wali working on credible information arrested the suspects in a hotel in Kano metropolis.
The suspects are Umar Aminu, Muhammad Muhammad, Kabiru Idris, Salim Sani, Umar Muhammad, Yusuf Ibrahim, Aminu Lawan, Jibril Aliyu, Hauwa Abubakar and Aisha Abubakar.
They all reside in Sheka quarters, Kano and were arrested in connection with electronic card-related fraud,” Haruna-Kiyawa said.
He added, the suspects confessed to hacking into various people’s bank accounts and withdrawing varied sums of money.
Mr Sama’ila Shu’aibu-Dikko, the Commissioner of Police, he said, has ordered a discreet probe into the situation.
He went on to say that the accused will face charges in court after the investigations were completed.
Haruna-Kiyawa also announced the arrests of 21 armed robbery suspects, seven abduction suspects, 23 drug traffickers, 18 suspected fraudsters, five car theft suspects, 11 livestock rustlers, and 140 notorious thugs (Yan daba).
The offenders were apprehended throughout the state’s 44 Local Government Councils as part of a “clearing operation” to cleanse the state of all sorts of criminality, he stated.
According to the spokesman, during the raid, nine locally made guns, four automobiles, and three motorcycles were recovered.
During the raids, he claimed, the police discovered 265 knives, 28 scissors, 80 sharp rods, 145 bundles of dried leaves, 176 mobile phones, six cows, and N3 million, among other things.