From Yakubu Mustapha Minna
Niger state Police Command has paraded 11 suspected criminals for various offences.
Among the criminals was one 34 years old Ma’aruf Turaki who confessed to have killed and buried his landlord, Tasiu Shittu in shallow grave in Kontagora area of the state.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the state Police Command, ASP Mohammed Abubakar stated this yesterday, adding that Sarki also stole N1.7m from the deceased, and an unregistered Honda car.
The police spokesman said the suspect fled to Sokoto after committing the crime but was arrested by detectives from his hideout.
Parading Sarki along with 11 other kidnappers and robbery suspects, ASP Abubakar said that Sarki killed and buried one Alhaji Tasiu Shittu in shallow grave inside a rented apartment in Kontagora.
He explained that the apartment was rented out to the suspect by the deceased, adding that the suspect has led detectives to the shallow grave and that the body has been exhumed for autopsy.
Sarki in an interview said that he was hired to kill his landlord by a business associate at the cost of two million naira adding that he administered local herbs to poison his victim.
“I used local medicine to kill the man and buried him inside the house which I rented from him. I was hired to kill him by one of his business associate. I regret the action”. However the business associate is said to be on the run.
The police also paraded one Ayuba John who specialized in fabricating local firearms linked to five-man robbery and kidnapping gang.
The gang, according to the PPRO was involved in several cases of robbery and stealing of motorcycles within Lapai area of the state, adding that the gang recently stole a motorcycle from one Dingi Alhaji Bako and collected the sum of N400,000 from the victim after threatening to kidnap him.