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Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Suspected bandits snatch 40 commercial motorcycles in Jigawa in 5 months -- Union official

Dutse, June 3, 2015 (NAN) Suspected bandits snatched no fewer than 40 commercial motorcycles from their owners in Dutse, the Jigawa capital, between January and May 2015, according to union chairman.

Malam Rabiu Ali, the Chairman of the Commercial Motorcyclists Association, Dutse Local Government, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Dutse.

He said the motorcycles were snatched from different commercial motorcyclists by persons suspected to be bandits operating in the area.

He added that the suspected bandits applied various tricks to snatch the motorcycles from their unsuspecting victims.

Ali, who described the situation as ``worrisome’’, said six motorcycles were snatched between May 11 and May 18.

The chairman said that the major areas where the bandits operated include G9 Road, Yalwawa bye pass, MOPOL base quarters and Takur site quarters, among other areas.

He added that the union had reported the matter to police and other security agencies operating in the area, saying security agencies were helping the union to curb the menace.

According to him, the union, in collaboration with its units across the 27 local areas in the state, has been sensitising its members on how not to fall prey to the bandits.

Ali, however, blamed some members of the union who came from other local government areas for not informing the union about the activities of the suspected bandits.

``Most of the victims are strangers from other local government areas; they don't inform us about the presence and intention of the suspected bandits here in Dutse.

The chairman disclosed that the union had more than 10,000 registered members operating in the state capital. (NAN)

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