by Kolapo Olapoju
At the Kano State police command on Saturday, 9 August, a notorious robber, Aminu Garba, popularly known as Maishanu, recently arrested, said he shared N2.5 million out of the N11 million he stole from a construction company in the state to the less privileged in his neighbourhood.
Maishanu robbed a construction company in Tarauni Local Government Area of Kano State and carted home N11 million and gold jewellery worth N28 million. The 38-year-old robber was apprehended by the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Kano command, led by CSP Yusuf Kolo.
After the heist, he immediately started living large and acquiring luxurious items. He reportedly bought four cars in one day, three tricycles and eight plots of land at different locations in the state.
His house in Mariri was besieged by people who came for financial assistance from him after hearing about his new found wealth.
Below is his accoun:
“I abandoned my petrol black market business for robbery in 2005. And this is the best and easiest operation I have so far carried out. It was easy because I only jumped a fence and broke the window before gaining access into where the money was kept. It was a friend that hinted me that the money was kept in a safe inside the company.
“I opened the safe, carried the money and the jewellery without the knowledge of security guards who were deeply asleep. In the morning I called the boy who gave me the hint on phone. He is Kabiru Master. I lied to him that it was only N5 million I saw in the safe and I gave him N350, 000 out of it. I also called one Hassan who confirmed to me that the money was really in the company’s safe. I gave him N50, 000 too,” he said.
“For seven days the money was intact inside the roof of my house, but when fire gutted there I removed it and started spending the money. I bought two Sharon cars in a day, two Golf cars the following day, and three tricycles a day after. I also bought eight plots of land at different locations in the state,” he said.
“I sent two people to the company for surveillance. Their job was to listen to conversations of the workers and the management. One of them came back and told me that all was well, but that I lied to them that the loot was N5 million. I appeased him with some gold.”
“I did that because of the blessings of Ramadan. For 28 days I was a millionaire in our area and people kept coming to me for assistance in all forms. I put smile on their faces. Stealing is my business and I have been doing it for long with passion. This is the second time I’m brought here (Kano SARS) and I’m assuring you it will be my last time. If not for the fact that I was arrested I would have bidden farewell to the business.”
“I assisted them with the cars, but they betrayed me. Aside from buying them the cars, I gave them money for fuelling, but they were not giving me returns. It was while I was trying to recover the cars that I was arrested.”