Twelve persons in Jigawa State have been arrested over alleged kidnapping, armed robbery and illegal possession of firearms, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Bala Senchi, has said.

Senchi told newsmen in Dutse on Friday, that seven of the suspects were arrested over alleged criminal conspiracy, trespass and armed robbery.

He explained that the suspects were arrested on May 6 after storming the home of one Alhaji Dan’azumi of Madobi village in Dutse Local Government Area and collected N500,000 from him while armed with dangerous weapons.

The commissioner disclosed that another suspect was arrested over alleged criminal conspiracy, armed robbery, kidnapping and illegal possession of firearms.

According to him, the suspect was arrested after a gang of armed bandits attacked one Yahaya Haruna in his home in Majia village in Taura Local Government Area.

“The bandits tied up and robbed him the sum of N800, 000 and took him to unknown destination before they released him on May 20.

“On May 21, while acting on a tip-off, Operation Puff Adder raided a criminal hide-out at Rafin Kanya Fulani settlement where one Harisu Majenu was arrested.

“Seven of his associates took to their heels and escaped on sighting the police team,” NAN quoted him as saying.

He stated that one AK47 rifle, 68 rounds of live ammunitions, one empty magazine, two Pump Action guns with 36 rounds of live cartridges were recovered from the fleeing suspects’ residence.

Also recovered from them, according to him, were two locally-made revolver pistols, one locally-made muzzle-loading Baretta Pistol, one locally-made single-barrel gun, a toy gun, pinch bar and Alan key.

Senchi added that other items recovered were four bows and three quivers containing arrows, five machetes and one axe and six mobile phones.

He said that a polythene bag containing charms, one army trouser, army colour shirt, black trousers and some quantity of gun powder and pellets were also recovered.

The police boss disclosed that three suspects were arrested in connection with alleged shop-breaking, motorcycle theft and receiving stolen items.

“Two of the suspects were arrested in Dutse Local Government Area on May 21.

“They were arrested after one of them broke into a shop along Hakimi Street and stole six pieces of wrappers, three pairs of ladies shoes and one veil.

“Items recovered from them included 45 pieces of wrappers, 12 yards of Shadda, two veils, a motorcycle, master key and seven number plates,” he said.

According to him, the other suspect, a resident of Bauchi state, was arrested for allegedly receiving stolen items from the suspects.