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Popular Police Inspector Sentenced to Two Years for Stealing, Selling AK-47 to Bandits

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A dismissed inspector of the Niger State Police Command, Yahaya Mohammed, has been sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for his involvement in the theft and sale of an AK-47 magazine and ammunition to suspected armed bandits in the state.

Mohammed, who held the position of the second in command in the armoury department at the state command headquarters, faced charges including criminal conspiracy, theft, and unlawful dealing in the sale of the AK47 magazine and ammunition.

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The Police First Information Report (FIR) revealed that credible information from a reliable source at the State Security Service (SSS) prompted an investigation into an unknown person transporting goods suspected to be arms in a ‘Ghana must go bag.’ Detectives took swift action and apprehended Mr. Mohammed.

The FIR detailed, “During police investigation, you, ex-police inspector, conspired with Ndaman Gana, officer-in-charge of state armoury attached to the department of Operation OPs, Minna, and both of you stole 22 magazines and 61 life ammunitions of different calibers, property of the Niger State Police Command. Both of you sold each magazine at the rate of N1,000; each ammunition was sold at the rate of N650 to one Corporal Sani Mohammed, formerly attached to Mopol 12 Minna.

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The suspect, Yahaya Mohammed, pleaded guilty to the charges presented by the presiding chief magistrate, Fati Umar Hassan.

The prosecutor, DSP Ahmed Saidu, urged the court to invoke the provision of section 190 of the administration of the Criminal Justice Law of Niger State by convicting him summarily. He also highlighted the convict’s diagnosed condition, cough hemoptysis, emphasizing the contagious nature of the disease.

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In her judgment, Chief Magistrate Fati Umar Hassan expressed disappointment with the convict’s conduct, particularly as a former police officer responsible for safeguarding the lives and property of citizens. She stated, “If not because of the disease, I would have convicted you without an option of fine, but for other inmates not to be infected with the disease, you are hereby sentenced to two years’ imprisonment with an option of N100,000 fine.

The chief magistrate ordered that the convict be transferred to the Chanchaga Leprosarium Colony to serve his jail term if he failed to pay the fine.

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