Police Arrest Four Suspects Over Possession Of Illegal Firearms In Katsina


Police in Katsina State has arrested four suspects in connection with possession of two AK 47 rifles with empty ammunition.

In a press briefing, the spokesman of the state police command, SP Gambo Isah told reporters that “On 11/12/2019 at about 22:00hrs, information was received that the following suspected persons:

Alhaji Haruna Sani, m, aged 65yrs, Ibrahim Rabi’u, m, aged 54yrs, Alhaji Abdulrahaman Harisu, m, aged 40yrs and Anas Harisu, m, aged 23yrs were in possession of the prohibited firearms.”

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He said Operation Puff Adder, led by O/C SARS Katsina, swiftly swung into action, mobilized to the location and arrested the suspects, adding that in the course of investigation suspects confessed to the crime and led policemen to the scene where two AK 47 rifles with breech numbers 406071 and 1413174 D60 were recovered.

One of the suspects, Alhaji Haruna Sani confessed to having seized the firearms from suspected bandits that attacked their villages sometimes in the month of December 2018 but refused to hand over the seized weapons to the police in fear of the unknown.

The command believed that its unwavering commitment towards the protection of lives and property of citizens in the state is yielding a positive result, noting that this fit was achieved as a result of robust community policing engagement through the process of dialogue, visibility policing, unrelenting and aggressive counter crime strategies.

Nigeria Set To Get University Of Transportation


Nigeria is set to have a University of Transportation in Daura, Katsina State, the hometown of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony of the institution, the president re-echoed his administration’s commitment to prioritizing the participation of indigenes and application of local content to the development of infrastructure.

He said the project is part of components of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan aimed at promoting and developing indigenous capacity through technology acquisition and knowledge transfer to effectively maintain and operate the numerous railway infrastructure.

According to him, the government would facilitate the establishment of the university by providing all the necessary support to ensure the success of the institution.

He added that the Presidential Order (Number 005) including the planning and execution of projects, promotion of Nigerian content in context concerns engineering and technology has been signed accordingly.

Police Rescue Two Kidnap Victims


The Police in Katsina State have rescued two persons who were kidnapped and taken to a place called Sambisa in Zamfara State.

The duo was said to have been kidnapped on November 16, and found on the 21st at a location between Katsina and Zamfara state, in the dreaded Rugu forest.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the Police Public Relations Officer of the command, SP Gambo Isah, said the victims identified as Kausar Surajo, age 22 years old and Aisha Ibrahim, aged 28, were rescued unhurt.

According to the statement, “the rescue operation was in line with the ‘Operation Puff Adder’ launched by the Inspector General of Police which was led by the DPO of Jibia border town at about 16:00hrs”.

Investigations are said to be ongoing.

Police Arrest Notorious Armed Robber, Recover Vehicle


The Police in Katsina State have arrested one Mohammed Sani, for being in possession of a stolen Toyota Camry vehicle.

According to the police, the said vehicle belongs to one Amao Livingstone, of Dove Resort, Mabushi, FCT Abuja and was allegedly snatched at gunpoint on October 2, 2019, at about 11 pm, at the Mabushi area, Abuja.

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He was, however, caught when he drove the said vehicle to Katsina State with the aim of transiting through the Nigerian – Niger border.

The police say he is now assisting them in their investigation.

Katsina Govt Vows To Improve Health Care Delivery


The Katsina State Government says health remains its key priority and it would keep making efforts to improve the health care system in the state.

The Executive Secretary of the State Primary Health Care Agency, Dr. Shamsuddeen Yahaya, said this at the 2019 World Polio Day Debriefing held at the agency’s office, Katsina State.

He said the agency is not only giving priority to polio eradication but other health-related campaigns such as a yellow fever mass campaign, maternal and unilateral tetanus eradication campaign, measles, as well as meningitis campaigns.

According to him, “the last time Katsina recorded wild poliovirus was over seven years ahead of the three years that was recorded in the country”.

He further stated that the agency has been collaborating with partners and other stakeholders to conduct high-quality campaigns aimed at strengthening routine immunisation and making sure that the state remains polio-free.

Yahaya, therefore, called on the general public to continue to avail themselves with a lot of activities and interventions provided by the government so that every child can be reached.

Governor Masari Swears In Fourteen Special Advisers


Governor Aminu Masari on Wednesday swore in fourteen special advisers for Katsina State.

Of the number, ten are returnees while four are newly appointed.

The four new special Advisers are: Bashir Dayyabu for international donor agencies, Lawal Tanimu Saulawa for labour, Kabir Sha’aibu for political affairs and Abdullahi Mahuta for legislative matters.

The reappointed include: Muntari Lawal, Bashir Ruwan Godiya, Abdulkadir Mamman Nasir, Hussaini Adamu Karaduwa, Khaliel Ibrahim, Aminu Lawal Jibiya and Lawal Usman Bagiwa.

Others include are, Hamza Muhammad Borodo, Dr Abba Abdullahi and Abdu Habu Dankum.

Speaking shortly after taking the oath of office and that of allegiance by the appointees, Governor Aminu Masari explained that the reappointment of the ten special Advisers had demonstrated a certificate of confidence on them by his administration.

The Governor stated that the four new special Advisers were appointed to fill the need for realignment and readjustment in the executive council to meet challenges of development.

By this development, he revealed that there would be the creation of new ministries to fast_rack governance in the state.

To the four new special Advisers, the governor said that they may be new members of the state executive council but not new to APC administration in the state.

He, therefore, charged them to put people first in all their conducts in office, stressing that their attitude would make or mar their offices.

The Governor requested the appointees to limit celebrations in respect of the insecurity situation, although relative peace had according to him been restored through the signing of the peace deal with leaders of suspected armed bandits.

He also spoke at length on the need for education of children of the farmers and Fulani herdsmen for insecurity challenges to be overcome.

He appealed to both farmers and Fulani herdsmen to embrace the culture of educating their children adding that they should not sale farmlands or cattle to marry off their children.

The swearing-in ceremony witnessed the attendance of the Deputy Governor, Quantity Surveyor, Mannir Yakubu, the speaker of Katsina state House of Assembly, Tasi’u Zango, members of the state house of assembly, the Chief Judge, Justice Musa Danladi, the Grand Khadi, Alhaji Al-Hafiz Abubakar and the secretary to the government of Katsina state, Dr Mustapha Inuwa.

Others include the state chairman of the APC, Alhaji Shitu Shitu and the Katsina based business mogul, Alhaji Dahiru Bara’u Mangal among others.

30 Kidnap Victims Released In Katsina


Another set of kidnap victims have been released in Katsina State.

The 30 persons were handed over to the state government on Saturday, bringing the number of persons released so far to 45, as the ongoing peace deal enters its third week.

Addressing the returnees, the governor gave the assurance that the administration will not relent in its efforts to secure the release of others still in captivity.

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He also directed that the returnees be taken to the hospital for health checks before heading home to join their families.

Buhari Returns To Abuja From Daura

A file photo of PResident Muhammadu Buhari


President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Abuja after spending a week in his home town of Daura, Katsina State to celebrate the Eid-El-Kabir.

While in the state, the president hosted his Guinean counterpart, Alpha Conde.

He also commissioned some projects executed by the Katsina State government and the Nigerian Airforce.

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The president who touched down at 10:29 am on Saturday, was received by the Chief Of Staff, Abba Kyari, Inspector General of Police and Permanent Secretary of the FCT, among others.

Police Foil Attacks On Katsina Villages


The Police in Katsina State say they have foiled an attack by hoodlums at Sabon_Garin Baure and Baure villages in Safana Local Government Area of the state.

This was disclosed in a statement issued by the Spokesman of the Command, SP Gambo Isah, on Friday.

According to him, a group of bandits numbering 200 and armed with dangerous weapons had stormed both villages on motorcycles while shooting sporadically.

On receiving the information, the DPO immediately led teams of Operation Puff Adder to the scene and engaged the hoodlums in a gun duel that lasted over an hour after which they succeeded in dislodging the hoodlums and chasing them out of the village.

They also say they recovered 200 cows, 300 goats and three motorcycles from the bandits.

Meanwhile, officers of the Operation Puff Adder are currently combing the fringes of Rugu forest to fish out the remnants of the hoodlums.

The command enjoins members of the public to continue to partner with security agencies in the fight against crime and criminality in the state investigation is ongoing.

Bandits Kill 10 In Katsina


Unknown bandits have killed 10 persons and injured five others in Zango village, Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State.

The spokesperson of the state Police Command, SP Gambo Isah, who confirmed this in a statement added that the attack took place on July 21st, 2019 after a distress call was received that the village was under attack by about 200 bandits, all dressed in Army camouflage, on motorcycles who stormed the village shooting sporadically.

He said the bandits, however, rustled an unspecified number of domestic animals and set ablaze the house of the village head and two motor vehicles, adding that the whereabouts of three women from the village is yet unknown.

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The statement added that the state Commissioner of Police, CP Sanusi Buba has called for calm and assured the general public that the police and other security agencies are on top of the situation.

“On 21/07/19 at about 20:15hrs, a distress call was received that, Zango village was under attack by about 200 bandits, all dressed in Army camouflage, on motorcycles who stormed the village shooting sporadically.

“Joint patrol team, comprising Operations Puff Adder and Sharan Daji, were mobilized to the scene. But due to the distance, terrain and road condition before the team could arrive, the bandits had operated and escaped into Rugu forest. The Bandits killed ten (10) and injured five (5), persons.

“They also rustled an unspecified number of domestic animals. The bandits also set ablaze the house of the village head and two motor vehicles.

“Team also search the bush surrounding the village and one Abdullahi Bawa ‘m’ aged 22yrs, a Fulani native and a suspected bandit were arrested. The whereabouts of three women from the village are yet unknown.

“The Commissioner of Police, Katsina state command has called for calm and assures the general public that the police and indeed other security agencies are on top of the situation.”

Troops Kill Scores Of Bandits, Arrest Four In Zamfara


Troops of Operation Sharen Daji have killed scores of bandits operating in Dumburum forest area of Zamfara state.

According to a statement by Acting Force Information Officer, Lieutenant Ayobami Oni-Orisan, ground troops, on a mop-up operation, arrested four of the bandits, recovering motorcycles and livestock.

“Air Component of OPHD conducted intensive bomb runs at several identified bandits’ camps in Dumburum forest.

“Consequently, scores of bandits were effectively neutralised in the operation while others fled the area. An additional 10 bandits were however neutralised when the fleeing bandits encountered ground troops deployed in Blocking Positions around the General Area.

“4 of the bandits were equally captured by own troops while the following items were recovered by own troops: 2 X Motorcycles, 43 livestock earlier rustled from locals.”

Subsequently, more bandits were killed in another operation carried out in Katsina state.

“The Air Component of OPHD effectively neutralized 20 armed bandits at a location close to Munhaye town about 15km from Katsina state.

“On receipt of credible Human Intelligence that bandits had gathered for a meeting at a rendezvous close to Munhaye, possibly to attack locals in the vicinity, the Air Component scrambled an Alpha Jet to the area.

“On seeing the jet, the bandits numbering over 30 attempted to flee the area but the Alpha Jet engaged them with effective fire, neutralizing 20 of them in the process.

Additionally, several bandits were neutralized when troops encountered heavily armed bandits at Bawan-Daji General Area in Anka Local Government Area.

“The troops, supported by a Combat Helicopter of the Air Component, engaged and killed quite a number of them, while others fled”, the statement added.

NAF Aircraft Crash-Lands At Yar’adua International Airport In Katsina

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A Helicopter of the Nigerian Air Force has crashed-landed at the Umaru Musa Yar’adua International Airport, Katsina State.

The incident which occurred at about 3:00pm was confirmed in a statement issued on Wednesday by the NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola.

According to the statement, the crash occurred while the helicopter was returning from an anti-armed banditry combat mission in the Northwest Theatre under Operation Hadaran Daji.

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Although details are still scanty, the NAF spokesperson says no life was lost.

Subsequently, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has directed the constitution of a Board of Inquiry to determine the exact cause of the incident.

The Force said it continues to solicit the understanding and support of the general public as it strives daily to ensure the security of Nigeria and Nigerians.