The Sokoto State Police Command said its staff refused a bribe of N800,000 and arrested no fewer than three suspects with 12 coils of copper wire they suspected of stealing from a power pole.
This was stated in a statement released Thursday in Sokoto by DSP Sanusi Abubakar, spokesman for the command.
He said police officers patrolling along the Birnin Kebbi road in the state intercepted a Volkswagen Sharan vehicle carrying Reg. NO. KSF 356 Lagos, loaded with wires.
“The suspects, Rufa’i Sani, Yusha’u Abubakar and Ahmadu Bello, attempted to bribe the police with the sum of N800,000 to allow passage. “However, our officers retrieved the cash as evidence and took the suspects with their vehicle to the State Crime Bureau for a quiet investigation.”
The spokesperson also said that on May 13, a team of investigators from Bodinga Police Station in the state arrested four suspects with copper wires for privacy screens.
“During the investigation, the suspects confessed to conspiring with a certain Habibu Nimadi and destroying a transformer.
“However, the police investigation revealed that the transformer is located in Kauran Mido area of Bodinga local government.”
Abubakar also praised Police Commissioner Ali Kaigama for the person who showed a high level of professionalism in refusing bribes. He said state security agencies are a grave warning to unpatriotic citizens who destroy government infrastructure, lest they act or suffer the consequences.
“The command also warns against any attempt of unwanted actions before, during and after the upcoming inauguration.
“Police will work effectively, with all security agencies, to take decisive action against anyone, undercover, for whatever reason, who attempts to attack innocent civilians.
“The command also reassures the public that it will maintain its pace of vigorous patrols and raids on criminal hideouts until the good people of the state sleep with their eyes closed.”