The Niger State Police Command said on Thursday that its operatives had arrested two suspected mobile phone snatchers in Minna, the state capital.
The suspects, Yusuf Ibrahim, 32, who resides behind the Central Mosque, Minna, and Abbas Sabiu, 20, of the Ungwan Daji area of the city, were intercepted by a team of policemen from the command’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad, who were on surveillance duty around the Obasanjo Shopping Complex and Kasuwan Gwari.
It was learnt that the suspects had snatched two phones from one Zulkibulu of Kasuwan Gwari and Musa Badamasi of Dutsen-kura Hausa, Minna.
Northern City News gathered that the suspects had been on the crime for a while before their arrest.
Checks revealed that the suspects were usually armed with weapons, with which they scare their victims to submission.
In an interview with our correspondent, Ibrahim said, “Our victims hardly refuse to surrender their phones on lonely roads knowing that nobody will come to their rescue. They always give us their phones without stress.
“We have been in this act for more than two years, and we have been succeeding in snatching people’s phones and selling them at a giveaway prices.”
The command’s Public Relations Officer, Muhammad Abubakar, confirmed the arrest, saying the suspects had confessed to the crime.
Abubakar stated that items recovered from the suspects included one Vivo and one Itel telephones, adding that they would soon be charged.