How we rounded up an international car theft suspect, recovered his anti-tracker jammer—Police


Operatives of the Kaduna State Police Command have arrested an international car theft suspect, Mubarak Kabiru, and recovered an anti-tracker jammer from him in Kaduna.

The spokesperson of the command, Mansir Hassan, confirmed this in a statement issued on Friday in Kaduna.

The GPS jammer recovered from Kabiru is a typically small, self-contained, transmitter device used to conceal one’s location by sending radio signals with the same frequency as a GPS device. When this occurs, the GPS device is unable to determine its position due to interference.

Explaining how Kabiru was arrested and the jammer recovered from him, Hassan, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, said: “On May 27, at about 1830hrs, our operatives received a tip-off from a good Samaritan.

“An individual reported that he was requested to assist in collecting a Lexus LX470 Jeep from a mechanic.”

According to him, upon collecting the vehicle, he suspected it to be stolen and promptly reported to the police.

Hassan said following the report, the vehicle was recovered and brought to Magaji Gari Police Station in Kaduna metropolis.

He added: “A search was conducted, leading to the discovery of vehicle particulars bearing the name of the owner, along with his contact number.

“When contacted, the owner recounted that the car was snatched from him at gunpoint by five armed men at his residence in Utako, Abuja.”

Hassan added that the police mobilised surveillance and managed to arrest the suspect, identified as Mubarak Kabiru from Kano, along Alkali Road, Kaduna.

He said: “A search of his room at Ishacool Hotel, Kabala Doki, Kaduna, resulted in the recovery of an anti-tracking jammer.”

He said during interrogation, Kabiru confessed that he was under the instruction of his boss, Dauda, from Niger Republic.

He also told the police that he has been transporting stolen vehicles from Kano, Kaduna, Katsina and Abuja using the jammer to prevent tracking of the stolen vehicles.

Hassan said: “These vehicles were then taken to border towns through Sokoto and Katsina and sold in Niger Republic.

“Efforts are ongoing to apprehend the fleeing accomplices.”

He said the suspect has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for further investigations.

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