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KATSINA MARKET FIRE: Police Arrest Islamic Teacher, 33 Others For Looting

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... says ‘his wife hinted us he hid looted items under his bed at home’

Police in Katsina have arrested a 43-year-old Islamic teacher, Muhammadu Abba, and 34 other suspects for allegedly looting shops amid the inferno that gutted Katsina Central market on Monday.

The Islamic teacher and the other arrested suspects were paraded on Wednesday evening at the Katsina State Police Command headquarters

It was learnt that Abba’ s wife reported him to the police for hiding some of the looted items under his bed in their home.

Katsina State Police Public Relations Officer, Superintendent Gambo Isah, said the Islamic teacher was later arrested based on the hint from his wife.

Recall that the Katsina Central Market was razed on Monday morning, resulting in the burning down of no fewer than one thousand shops and the destruction of billions of naira worth of goods.

The PPRO said, “This man, Muhammadu Abba is an Islamic teacher. He teaches pupils in the local Islamiyah school.Yet, that did not stop him from looting items during the fire incident at the central market. His wife reported him to the police that he was keeping some looted items under their bed and we arrested him.”

Most of the suspects arrested for looting at the market were teenagers.

The looted items included bales of clothes, household items, and generators, among others.

The police spokesman, however, warned residents who might still be keeping some of the looted items from the burnt market to return them immediately to the police or risk prosecution if caught.

“We have intelligence information that some of the looted items are still being kept in some houses in the town. We appeal to whoever has information on places where the looted items are being kept, to report to the police. Whoever we find such looted items with should be ready to face the consequences,” the PPRO said.

He added that the arested suspects would be prosecuted at the end of investigations.

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