Four suspects who specialised in stealing goats around Kpakungu, Soje areas of Minna, the Niger State capital, has been arrested by the State Police Command.
The suspects confessed that they have been in the business for the past five years to survive, adding that they have stolen over 500 goats so far.
The spokesman of the state police command, Wasiu Abiodun, gives their names as, Shehu Buhari, 25; Musa Idris, 40. both of Barkin-Sale, Minna and Idrisu Aliyu (Dagrin), 22 years of Kaffintela.
The police said, “Immediately the syndicate was sighted, the policemen, after being alerted, went into action and while the Tactical Support Team trailed them, the suspects zoomed off in a Honda Civic vehicle with number plate, MNA 342 AA.
“The vehicle was intercepted around Shiroro Hotel and three suspects were arrested there-in.
“The suspects said they have been stealing goats in Minna for the past five years to survive and that they had stolen over 500 goats at different locations in Minna.
“They further stated that they do sell the goats between N10,000 and N15,000 depending on the size to butchers in Maitumbi and Tunga areas and that Idris Dagrin’s vehicle, Honda Civic, was always used to convey the animals.”
Abiodun added that the suspects had also mentioned two receivers of which one Murtala Dan-Azumi of Tunga was arrested while Hussaini Yahaya is on the run.