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Police Arrest Three Suspects for Rustling 132 Rams in Niger

Niger State Police operatives, in collaboration with vigilante members from the Zungeru Division, have apprehended three individuals involved in the large-scale rustling of 132 Rams in the Manigi region of the state.

The arrested individuals were identified as Mohammed Abdullahi Chumo, 30, hailing from Ukoro, Kwara State; Aliyu Salihu, 20, from Gwadabawa, Sokoto State; and Arzika Ahmadu, 25, also from Gwadabawa.

Police detailed in its press release that the suspects were nabbed following a tip-off regarding their involvement in the theft of 132 rams from grazing areas in the Manigi region of Mashegu Local Government Area of Niger State. During interrogation, the trio confessed to conspiring and executing the rustling operation.

The breakthrough in the case came when one of the victims spotted Chumo attempting to sell six of the stolen rams at Zungeru Market. The vigilant victim raised an alarm, leading to Chumo’s immediate arrest. Subsequently, Chumo guided the police team to Jimi village, where the remaining stolen rams were stashed. Aliyu and Arzika were apprehended at the location.

The suspects have been transferred to the Crack Squad Unit for thorough investigation and prosecution.

Meanwhile, the recovered rams have been returned to their rightful owner.