Two Cases Of Lassa Fever Confirmed In Katsina

Death Toll Rises To 75, As NCDC Confirms 355 Cases Of Lassa Fever
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Two cases of Lassa fever have been identified in Katsina State.

The Executive Director of the state Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Shamsuddeen Yahaya, confirmed this to journalists on Wednesday.

According to him, out of the seven samples collected so far, four tested negative, two were positive, while one is still pending.

Yahaya further noted that one of the two victims has already died, while the other one is currently responding to treatment.

Police Bust Five Suspected Kidnappers In Katsina


The police have busted a five-man kidnap syndicate reported to have been terrorising Safana Local Government Area of Katsina State.

The spokesman of the police in the state, SP Gambo Isah, disclosed this on Tuesday during a press briefing held at the command headquarters in the state.

“The syndicate was busted on Monday at about 16:00 hrs, based on a tip-off led by a joint operation of police and repentant bandits,” Isah said.

According to him, in the course of the investigation, the suspects confessed to have masterminded the kidnapping of a seven-year-old boy, one Abdurrahman Sama’ila at Runka village and demanded a payment of N3million as ransom.

Meanwhile, the command has also confirmed the arrest of four notorious middle-aged Indian hemp and illicit drug dealers after raiding a black spot in Charanchi and Kankia Local Government Areas of the state.

Over 600 Suspected Drug Traffickers Arrested In Katsina

File photo of drugs retrieved from traffickers.


No fewer than 657 suspected drug traffickers have been arrested in Kastina State with different hard drugs (exhibits).

The state commander of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA),  Mr. Momodu Sule, disclosed this to reporters on Monday while presenting the command’s 2019 picture of its achievements.

He said the command has also secured a total of 85 convictions at the Federal High Court in the state, adding that the year under review has been eventful, as the unit briskly counseled three hundred and sixty drug users.

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Momodu while ranking Katsina as number third North-Western states in drug abuse and trafficking, pledged to bring it down by adopting the demand and supply reduction strategies.

He, therefore, assured of the command’s readiness to do better, soliciting for critical support and understanding from both the people and government of the state to ensure a paradigm shift.

Part of the seizures registered by the command includes 1360.82704kg of illicit drugs and 13972.616366 kilograms of psychotropics substances and 20.4 litres of codeine.

Kidnappings: Security Operatives Kill ‘Notorious’ Bandit In Katsina



The Police in Katsina State have killed another notorious bandit popularly known as ‘Yunusa Boka’, responsible for terrorizing Danmusa and Kankara LGAs of the state.

The spokesman of the state police command, SP Gambo Isah confirmed in a statement that “yesterday at about 6pm based on intelligence report, a joint operation of police, military, and repentant bandits, raided kidnappers den at Gwarjo Forest, Matazu LGA of Katsina state.”

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Isah said, after a fierce gun duel with the bandits, the operatives succeeded in rescuing a 30-year-old nursing mother along with her seven-months-old baby boy.

“The victims were taken to Danmusa Hospital for treatment and have also been reunited with their families.”

The Command enjoined the people of the state to always partner with security agencies by giving credible information on suspected criminals and their hideouts.

Bandits Release Two Customs Officers Kidnapped In Katsina


Bandits in Katsina State have released the two Customs Officers whom they had kidnapped on Wednesday.

They were released in the early hours of Sunday to the Headquarters of 17 Brigade of the Nigerian Military.

This was disclosed by the spokesperson of the 17 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Captain Kayode Owolabi.

According to him, the development followed an ongoing intensive operation by the troops of Operation Hadarin Daji in partnership with 8 Division of the Nigerian Army.

Owolabi explained that the operation commenced some days ago with attacks on several bandit hideouts.

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These efforts according to him have forced many bandits to seek peace and also led to the neutralization of several others.

“Some armed bandit leaders who have sent messages through emissaries to the Acting General Officer Commanding 8 Division Nigerian Army who oversees operations in Katsina and Zamfara States, have indicated readiness to embrace the peace without any conditions attached,” Owolabi said.

“The military, will continue to remain resolute to ensure complete disarming of bandits before considering the peace deal as earlier announced by the various State Governments in the North West,” he added.

Meanwhile, troops of the Operation have continued with what the Commander calls “Mop Up Ops” in order to clear all areas of bandit camps to ensure the realease of all hostages.

Bandits Abduct Traders In Batsari, Katsina


Gunmen suspected to be bandits have abducted a number of people along Ruma village in Batsari Local Government area of Katsina State.

Residents told Channels Television in a phone call that the victims, mostly traders, were kidnapped on Sunday evening about five kilometers away from Gobirawa town, while they were returning from the famous Jibia Border Market.

Locals told Channels Television that over thirty persons were kidnapped.

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The state police command spokesman, Gambo Isah in a statement, insists that the figure is exaggerated.

According to the police spokesman, the bandits numbering about 60 armed with AK 47 rifles, blocked Jibia – Batsari road stopped two buses and took the occupants of the vehicles into the bush.

He added that a search party led by operation puff adder went after the hoodlums and succeeded in rescuing almost all the victims, with the exception of seven.

Isah assured that the police are currently combing the bush with a view to rescuing the remaining victims.

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.