In a significant operation, the Kano police command has apprehended 12 individuals who were found to be residing illegally in Nigeria. The illegal immigrants, consisting of seven individuals from Mali and five from Niger Republic, were captured by the police as part of their ongoing efforts to combat crime in the state. This was announced by Mohammed Usaini-Gumel, the Commissioner of Police in Kano, on Wednesday.
According to Usaini-Gumel, the immigrants were discovered in a house located in the Hotoro Yandodo quarters of Kano. The group included deportees from Saudi Arabia who had altered their fingerprints with razor cuts in an attempt to avoid detection by the Saudi Arabian authorities.
In addition to the arrests of the illegal immigrants, the police also apprehended 33 other suspects involved in various criminal activities, such as armed robbery, theft, kidnapping, and possession of illicit weapons. The police commissioner stated that a significant amount of evidence was seized from the suspects, including 46 mobile phones, 21 SIM cards, knives, cutlasses, a toy gun, a bunch of master keys, sachets of diazepam tablets, 79 pieces of excel tablets, and 98 wraps of dry leaves suspected to be Indian hemp.
The arrested individuals will undergo a thorough investigation, and charges will be filed accordingly once the investigation is concluded.
Usaini-Gumel expressed his gratitude to the residents of Kano for their continuous support, understanding, and cooperation in the fight against crime. He urged all police officers to intensify their efforts, demonstrate proficiency, and remain steadfast in their mission to combat criminal activities within the state.