A middle-aged man in Minna, the Niger State capital, has confessed how he finds it very easy to dispossess people of their money and phones while disguising himself in hijab.
Tori News reported on Monday of how a Facebook user narrated how a notorious armed robber who robs while wearing the Islamic hijab, was apprehended by local residents in Minna, the Niger State capital for allegedly snatching mobile phones and other valuables from some residents.
He had met his waterloo when he robbed one Adamu Usman of cash and handset on Okada Road, at Gbednaye, Maitumbi.
A new report by Punch newspaper has revealed how the suspect identified as Ibrahim Shaibu of Tudun Nasira in Minna, Niger State, admitted to disguising himself in hijab to dispossess people of their money and phones.
It was gathered that the suspect inflicted knife injuries on his victim’s palms while struggling with him.
While speaking to a correspondent in an interview on Tuesday, Shaibu said that he had been terrorising Maitumbi and its environs for the past five years.
He said, “Robbing people has become my hobby which I find extremely difficult to stop. At times, I will dress in a normal way as a man before I rob people but now, for fear of being identified easily, I have resorted to putting on a hijab before any operation.”
He blamed lack of employment for his criminal activities, noting that the economic hardship in the country compelled him to engage in crime.
“Wearing hijab is the easiest way to rob people because it is difficult in this part of the country to suspect a woman to be an armed robber,” he added.
The Niger State police spokesman, Bala Elkana, explained that the suspect was arrested following a tip-off, adding that he had already been arraigned in court.