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Dreaded bank armed robbery gang known as “Open Booth” arrested by DSS

After three years of terrorising Kano State and its environs, the Department of State Service (DSS) has nabbed a notorious bank robbery gang in the state.

It was learnt that the bank robbery syndicate known as “Open Boots” trails unsuspecting victims from the banks after they have withdrawn monies to either rob them or break into their vehicles to steal the money.

The Kano State Director of the DSS, Alhassan Muhammad, said the ring leaders of the syndicate who are in custody, including Abubakar Umar, 30, Abubakar Suleiman 38 and Ya’u Abubakar 35, were apprehended on the 2nd of November, 2021 after robbing someone of N300,000.

He disclosed that men of the DSS had been deployed to track other members of the gang, assuring that the cases would be handed over to the police at the end of their investigation.

In his words, “We got them around Jain quarters of the Kano Metropolitan City, at a House after breaking the Motorcycle to steal the money, using our surveillance team who are on ground investigating problems.


“For the last three years, these guys have been operating in Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Maiduguri and so many other states, and on several occasions, they were arrested but set free because of the Institutional weaknesses facing us.

“We have strong evidence against them and their activities could be robbery because where they cannot make easy money to collect, they sometimes use force.”

The victim, whose N300,000 was taken from his motorcycle, said he collected money from the bank, which he wanted to transfer, not knowing he will do it at the bank.

He said he went to a POS operator, and while negotiating with the operator, the criminals took off with his money.

One of the ring leaders, Abdulbasi Umar, confessed that he had been in the Open Boots Syndicate for three years.

Maintaining that they had never used any dangerous weapons in their operations, Umar said in all the operations they have carried out, the biggest money he got was N300,000.

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