During their reign of terror, the gang killed 15 passengers and r*ped countless women into the bargain at different locations along Wamba/Akwanga road, Nasarawa State. The gang is especially adept at killing policemen. So far, they had terminated the lives of no less than 10 policemen.
The good news is that the bloodthirsty reign of Abdullahi and his cohorts has come to an end as they were recently captured by the anti-robbery squad of the Nasarawa State Police Command.
Commissioner of Police, Mr Yahaya Bello told Saturday Sun the suspect Saidu Alihedi Abdullahi, 32, and his gang, including his younger brother, Hodi Alihedi Abdullahi, specialized in stalking and shooting policemen at checkpoints and patrol.
On July 15, 2018, the gang ambushed a team of policemen led by ASP Sati Ages. The patrol team from Wamba Police Division engaged the outlaws in a shootout that claimed the life of Hodi Alihedi Abdullahi. However, ASP Ages was killed in the exchange of fire and his rifle, breech No. 081366286 taken away by the robbers.
Two days later, on July 17, the gang was back on the prowl. They opened fire on a team of policemen in Lafia East and killed Inspector Matthew Yakubu. Again, they lost one of their members in the exchange, but they successfully took away one AK 47 rifle with breech No. 07726 and nine rounds of 7.62mm.
In succession, the gang killed two other policemen including an Inspector of IGP IRT team at a checkpoint in Nasarawa and another police victim at a checkpoint in Akwanga. In the following days, they robbed commuters on the Kadarko-Makurdi road, killing a few and raping others.
But on August 9, 2018, they ran out of luck, when a combined team of SARS operatives, CTU and policemen from Kadarko stormed their hideout and arrested Saidu Abdullahi and five of his fellow robbers, identified as Victor Lorja, 21, Godwin Uper, 22, Aza Victor, 21, Timbee Nicholas, 21, and 15-year-old Grace Onyityo.
Arms recovered from the robbers include the two AK47 rifles they snatched from slain policemen, one FNC rifle and a collection of 30, six and nine rounds of 7.62mm.
This is the story Abdullahi, the gang leader, told Saturday Sun.
“I am from Kokona L.G.A of Nasarawa State. I am a cattle rearer, looking after my father’s herd. Myself––and later, Hodi, my brother–– and eight others, all of us cattle rearers turned to armed robbery. We specialized in killing policemen at checkpoints. So far, we killed over 10 policemen and robbed 15 passengers on Kadarko to Mukurdi and Lafia to Akwanga roads. We first robbed along Makurdi expressway and killed passengers and a policeman. We took his rifle and used it for another operation at a different place in Lafia.”
Of the teenage girl among them, he said: “Grace befriended one of our members who is now at large. She cooked for us.”
In summarizing the gang’s nefarious activities, Abdullahi said, “we robbed, we raped and we killed passengers.”
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