The Kano State Police Command has arrested Chidera Anuna, a phoney soldier, for extortion.
SP Abdullahi Kiyawa, the command’s spokesman, claimed in a statement released on June 8 that the suspect belonged to a racket that specialised in extorting individuals in the state.
“Between 01/03/2022 and 30/03/2022, reports were received that a syndicate of two used to parade themselves as soldiers, robbed and extort money and other valuables from individuals at night hours within the Sabon Gari Area of Kano State,” the statement read.
“Additionally, on March 30, 2022, one Joseph Ifeanyi Usalo,’m’ of Kofar Ruwa Market Kano complained that the same syndicate, including one Miracle Nnamoko,’m’, along with one other dressed in Military Camouflage, went to his shop in Kofar Ruwa Market, intimidated and forced him to transfer the sum of Twenty Thousand Naira (N20,000:00) into Miracle Nnamoko’s bank account and the sum of Thirt
“They also stole his iPhone 12 Pro Max cell phone, which was worth at seven hundred and eighty thousand Nigerian naira (N780,000:00), and obtained the passcode from him.
“Upon receiving the reports, the Commissioner of Police for the Kano State Command, CP Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko, fsi, activated and directed a team of Operation Puff Adder commanded by CSP Alhaji Ado Salisu to conduct continuous intelligence-driven Surveillance Operations in the region.
Miracle Nnamoko, female, of Belatus Road, Sabon Gari Quarters, Kano, was detained on April 8, 2022. He admitted to the crime and named the camouflage’s owner, Chidera Anune, as his collaborator. He was investigated and charged with prosection before Magistrate Court No. 64 Ungogo. In contrast, the search for Chidera is ongoing.
“On 31 May 2022, Chidera Anuna,’m’, clothed in suspected military camouflage, was apprehended by personnel from 455 Base Services Group, Nigerian Air Force Kano, and turned over to Kano State Police Command.
“Upon investigation, Chidera was found to be in possession of two iPhones and an Infinix mobile phone, all of which were believed to have been stolen. He also admitted to the crime and admitted that he is not a military commander nor a member of the security force. The suspect will be charged in court after the inquiry is concluded.”
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police for the Kano State Command, CP Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko, warned that there will be no hiding places for criminals in Kano State.