The police in Zamfara State have arrested one Mohammed Dahiru, aka Pastor Emeka, a convict granted pardon by the state government, for armed robbery and rape.
Dahiru was released under the peace initiative introduced by Governor Muhammed Matawalle to end banditry and kidnapping in the state, because he was perceived to be a Fulani bandit.
The state Commissioner of Police, Usman Nagoggo, who paraded the suspect along with others at the police headquarters in Gusau on Thursday, stated that Dahiru was wrongly released from prison under the amnesty programme as he was not among the Fulani bandits, but was actually serving a jail term for car snatching and rape. .
The CP described Dahiru as a notorious car snatcher and rapist, who had been terrorising the people of the state with four others, who were also arrested by the personnel of the Operation Puff Adder.
Nagoggo stated that apart from snatching vehicles, Dahiru and his gang members had gang-raped several women in the state in the presence of their family members.
He said the police had recovered four of the vehicles allegedly stolen by the suspects and sold to Niger Republic, adding, “They have already confessed their atrocities to the police.