BY AUSTIN AJAYI, Yola – The leader of a notorious group, popularly known as Shila Boyz, has been arrested by operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Yola, the Adamawa State capital.
The leader of the Shila criminal gang, Michael Linus, was paraded by the Adamawa state Commandant of the Corps, Mr. Nuradeen Abdullahi.
He said: “The command, through its intelligence network, arrested Linus, a.k.a Damudu, a ring leader of Shila criminal gang in Yola”.
Adding that two other suspected members of the group are now on the Command’s watch list for some time now.
The Commandant explained that before his arrest, Linus was a notorious suspected criminal who terrorised citizens of the state.
“The 22-year-old boy has been on our watch list, according to him,” adding that the suspect specialises in various criminal activities, including recruiting minors into his criminal activities and sales of hard drugs,” he said.
According to the commandant, “Records available to the Command shows that the suspect had inflicted injuries on many innocent people in the state.
“One of the two other suspects is Ibrahim Mohammed, 33, who is a false contractor and specialises in visiting government schools in villages across the state and presenting himself as a contractor.
“He targets the aluminum zinc, deceiving the villagers that he will replace their schools’ old roofing sheets with new ones, but ends up selling them,” Abdullahi said.
While the third suspected Shila boy is Mustapha Ismail, a notorious car snatcher in the state. Abdullahi said that luck ran out of the suspect when he was arrested committing the crime and the car recovered.
In a related development, he said the Command recently arrested five other suspects at different locations in Yola South Local Government Area.
Abdullahi said the five suspects were arrested in connection with various crimes that included cybercrime, theft, and house breaking.
“Investigation is ongoing to unravel other perpetrators and, on completion, they will be charged to court for prosecution,” he said.