Five armed robbers have been arrested who allegedly terrorized Numan-Savannah-Lafia Road, a portion of the Yola-Gombe Highway.
The Adamawa State Police Command that made the arrest said they seized 22 handsets and a total cash amount of N52, 280 that the suspects snatched from travelers.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Sulaiman Nguroje, who disclosed the arrest to DAILY POST, said the suspects, comprising four men and one woman, were nabbed following a tip-off.
“Through intelligence report received, the police were able to lay hands on these people who have been constantly robbing travellers, especially at night along Numan-Savannah-Lafia road,” the PPRO said.
The Numan-Savannah-Lafia Road is a short stretch of the Yola-Gombe Highway which has long been hated by travellers because of its dilapidated nature, especially the swampy portion on which the expansive Savannah Sugar Company is located and is accordingly called Savannah.
The PPRO who said the five suspects were apprehended in the early hours of October 26, gave their names as Shuaibu Suleiman, Adamu Abdul, Buba Umar, Ali Ibrahim, and Adama Umar.
He said the 22 phones and N52,280 cash sum were recovered from the suspects in the course of investigation.
“They confessed to have robbed these handsets and money from travellers in the course of their operations on the road, ” he said and asked travellers who lost their phones to armed robbers on the identified road to visit the police headquarters in Yola to identify and claim them.
He said the police also recovered six cutlasses, three knives and some black wears and masks from the suspects, and appealed for yet more information from the public to help the police with necessary leads.
He said the five arrested were just some of the highway robbers, and the others had to be nabbed to free them from the highway.
“Audu Madaki, the police commissioner, has deployed additional men and officers to beef up the anti-robbery squad to apprehend more of the criminals on the run and recover their guns,” the PPRO said.