Air Force Denies Paying N20m To Bandits For Anti-Aircraft Gun

FILE: The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Amao

 

The Nigerian Air Force has denied paying N20 million to bandits operating in Jibia, Katsina State in exchange for an anti-aircraft gun seized from the Nigerian Army.

The Wall Street Journal on Sunday reported that the Air Force struck the deal amid plans by President Muhammadu Buhari to visit his home state of Katsina, which has been ravaged by the activities of bandits in the northwest.

But the Director of NAF Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet debunked the report via a statement, noting that the newspaper report was part of a campaign to further the cause of insecurity in Nigeria.

According to the Air Force, the report was orchestrated by elements that see the Force as a threat following a series of successful exploits in operations against criminal gangs.

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“The report went on to state that the reason behind the payment was to retrieve the anti-aircraft gun which, it alleged, the NAF feared could be used against aircraft operating within Katsina State,” the statement read.

“The NAF wishes to categorically state that there is absolutely no iota of truth in the spurious allegation that was undoubtedly designed to cast aspersions on the good image of the Service.”

 

See the full statement issued by the Air Force below:

NAF DID NOT MAKE ANY PAYMENT TO BANDITS IN EXCHANGE FOR WEAPONS

  1. The attention of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has been drawn to news reports circulating on some media platforms alleging that the NAF, through one of its personnel, paid the sum of N20 Million to armed bandits operating in Jibia Local Government Area (LGA) of Katsina State in exchange for an anti-aircraft gun allegedly seized. The report went on to state that the reason behind the payment was to retrieve the anti-aircraft gun which, it alleged, the NAF feared could be used against aircraft operating within Katsina State.
  2. The NAF wishes to categorically state that there is absolutely no iota of truth in the spurious allegation that was undoubtedly designed to cast aspersions on the good image of the Service. The said report is totally false. It should therefore be taken as fake news and disregarded. Indeed, we ordinarily would not have responded to such baseless and utterly illogical allegation but for the need to set the record straight as well as reaffirm the NAF’s unflinching commitment to decisively dealing with the armed bandits and all other criminal elements in the Country in partnership with other services of the Armed Forces and other security agencies.
  1. For the avoidance of doubt, it must be stated that there is no basis for the NAF to pay bandits or any criminal elements that it has continued to attack and decimate in Katsina State, other parts of the North-West as well as other Theatres of Operation in the Country. Indeed, as recent as 12 October 2021, NAF aircraft conducted 5 missions in the Jibia general area and engaged targets with rockets and cannons at Bala Wuta bandits’ locations in Kadaoji. Similar successes were recorded at Fakai Dutsin Anfare, an area in Jibia LGA known for its high incidences of bandits’ activities. The false reportage, therefore, begs the question as to why the NAF would negotiate for a weapon allegedly seized and still carry out air interdiction missions on the same bandits and their strongholds. The NAF is of the view that this latest false report could be a part of a campaign to further the cause of insecurity in Nigeria by elements who see the NAF as a threat following series of successful exploits in operations against criminal gangs.
  1. Perhaps, this provides an avenue for the NAF to yet again appeal to members of the media, both local and international, as well as social media, to be circumspect in their reportage and endeavour to always verify their facts before going public. The public is enjoined to disregard the falsehood emanating from some sections of the social and mainstream media. The NAF also uses this opportunity to call on citizens to continue to cooperate with security agencies as efforts are ongoing to rid the entire Nation of criminals and their activities.
  1. On our part, the NAF, as a professional and disciplined force, will not in any way be discouraged from carrying out its mandate to rid the entire North-West Nigeria of banditry and other forms of criminality. We remain resolute in performing our function and will continue to work in synergy with other sister Services and security agencies to rid the Country of all criminal elements.
  1. Kindly bring this information to the awareness of the general public.

Edward Gabkwet

Air Commodore

Director of Public Relations and Information

Nigerian Air Force

17 October 2021

 

Man Shot By Customs In Katsina – Police

The crest of the Nigeria Police Force crest is on a police officer’s uniform. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

The Katsina State Police Command has confirmed the shooting of a man by operatives of the Nigerian Customs Service.

Police Public Relations Officer, SP Gambo Isah, said efforts are in top gear to identify the erring officers and bring them to justice.

While noting that the Commissioner of Police in the state has called for calm in the affected community, he asked residents to go about their lawful businesses.

According to him, the police authorities are working closely with the leadership of the Customs with a view to resolving the problem and bringing perpetrators to book.

The incident occurred when Customs operatives stormed Fadi Gurje village in Mani Local Government Area of the state inside a patrol vehicle.

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They were said to have fired several gun shots into the air.

In the process, a 35-year-old man identified as Auwal Sani was shot on the leg and was rushed to Orthopaedic Hospital in Katsina for treatment.

This is not the first time Customs operatives have shot at civilians in the north-western state.

On September 7, officers of the service shot the convoy of the Katsina State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Ya’u Umar Gwajo-Gwajo while leaving his hometown, Mai’adua in Daura Local Government Area.

Similarly in August, 10 people were killed and several others injured after officers of the Nigeria Customs Service in their numbers rammed into a gathering while pursuing a suspected rice smuggler in Jibia town, Katsina State.

Reacting to the tragic incident, Governor Aminu Masari had in reaction threatened to sue the service over the killing of the victims.

The governor also demanded that the victims were compensated with the erring officers prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to others.

Woman Who Gave Birth In Bandits’ Camp, 19 Other Victims Regain Freedom

Katsina State is in the north-west region of Nigeria.

 

At least 20 people abducted by bandits from Katoge village in Katsina State have regained their freedom.

The victims, comprising 10 women, eight girls, a boy, and a male adult, were abducted five months ago in Batsari Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

They took turns to narrate their ordeals while being held by bandits at their camp located on the fringes of the dreaded Rugu Forest.

Among those who spoke with reporters on Saturday at the Katsina Hajj Camp was a nursing mother, Sahura Haruna.

Sahura, who was kidnapped with an early pregnancy alongside others, said she was delivered of a baby girl while in captivity.

“The newborn baby was delivered five days ago (Monday) amid the trauma,” she said. “The health conditions of the baby and I are not too good because, after the medical check-up, the doctor said we lack adequate water in our body system.

“I almost slumped when I attempted to get up after I delivered my baby.”

Another victim identified as Rabiu Mannir narrated how they were able to escape from the den of the kidnappers.

He explained that a jet of the Nigerian Air Force flew over the bandits’ camp on Friday night – a development that put the criminals in a panic state.

According to Mannir, the bandits scampered to safety and left their victims behind while the abducted persons took advantage of the situation to escape.

Following their return, the Secretary to the Katsina State Government, Dr Mustapha Inuwa, handed them over to authorities of Batsari LGA.

He disclosed that the returnees were brought back by authorities in neighbouring Zamfara after they escaped, adding that some of them found themselves in the state.

Inuwa confirmed that the victims have been medically examined in Zamfara before being brought back to reunite with their families in Katsina.

Similarly in the north-west region, 10 additional students of the Bethel Baptist Secondary School abducted by bandits in Kaduna State have been released.

The students also regained their freedom on Saturday, after spending about 75 days in the custody of their abductors.

A total of 121 students were forcefully taken away from their hostels when bandits attacked the school in Chikun Local Government Area of the state on July 5.

The bandits later released the students in batches, but 21 others are still in the custody of the bandits.

Communications Shutdown In Zamfara, Katsina, ‘Unjustified’ – SERAP Tells Buhari

A photo combination of SERAP and President Muhammadu Buhari

 

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to “direct the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to immediately reverse the apparently unjustified suspension of internet and telecommunication networks in Zamfara State, and 13 local government areas of Katsina State”.

The NCC recently ordered telecom operators to suspend all telecommunications networks in Zamfara State, in at least 13 local government areas of Katsina State to check banditry  and terrorism. 

But SERAP in an open letter dated 11 September, 2021 and signed by its deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare, said the move is “without any legal justification, is inconsistent with the principles of necessity and proportionality. The suspension is a form of collective punishment of Nigerians resident in these states.

SERAP said the development is “egregious, and suggests a disturbing trend, especially given the growing restriction of civic space in Nigeria. Shutdowns should never become an entrenched practice in the country”.

“While the authorities have a legal responsibility to protect, ensure and secure the rights to life and property, any such responsibility ought to be discharged in conformity with constitutional and international human rights standards,” the agency. 

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The letter, read in part that: “Large-scale shutdowns of communication networks are a form of collective punishment. Shutdowns exert significant chilling effects, with direct implications on participatory democracy, whose existence depends upon an active and informed citizenry capable of engaging with a range of ideas.

“Shutdowns generate a wide variety of harms to human rights, economic activity, public safety and emergency services that outweigh the purported benefits. The suspension has the potential to affect millions of internet and telecommunication users in these states, and those on the margins of society are most impacted by it.

“The suspension of internet and telecommunication networks in Zamfara and Katsina states fails to meet the requirements of legality, necessity and proportionality.

“The requirement of necessity also implies an assessment of the proportionality of restrictions such as the telecoms blackout in these states, with the aim of ensuring that restrictions target a specific objective and do not unduly intrude upon human rights.”

It added that “While ‘checking the activities of bandits/terrorists in these states could conceivably be viewed as justification for exceptional measures necessary to protect public order or national security, the authorities have so far failed to show how shutting down internet and telecommunication networks in the entire Zamfara State, and 13 local government areas of Katsina State is necessary to achieve the stated purposes.

“The imposition of any restrictions should be guided by the objective of facilitating the right, rather than seeking unnecessary and disproportionate limitations on it. Restrictions must not be discriminatory, impair the essence of the right, or be aimed at causing a chilling effect. Internet and telecommunication shutdowns fail to meet all of these conditions.

“Internet and telecommunication shutdowns amount to inherently disproportionate interference with the rights to freedom of expression and information. Necessity requires a showing that shutdowns would achieve their stated purpose, which in fact they often jeopardize.

“We would be grateful if the suspension of internet and telecommunication networks in Zamfara and Katsina states is reversed within 7 days of the receipt and/or publication of this letter. If we have not heard from you by then, SERAP shall take all appropriate legal actions in the public interest.

“In their 2011 Joint Declaration on Freedom of Expression and the Internet, four special mandates on freedom of expression emphasised that ‘Cutting off access to the internet, or parts of the internet, for whole populations or segments of the public can never be justified, including on public order or national security grounds.’

“The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights has affirmed the principle of non-interference with access to internet and telecommunication networks and stressed that states including Nigeria ‘shall not engage in or condone any disruption of access to the internet and other digital technologies for segments of the public or an entire population.’

“There is no convincing justification that the stated objectives of checking the activities of bandits/terrorists could not be achieved through measures with a lesser impact on the rights to freedom of expression and information than the wholesale blocking of internet and telecommunication networks in these states.

SERAP “therefore urges you to sponsor an executive bill to explicitly recognize the right to access and use the internet as a constitutional and legal right, and as an essential condition for the exercise of the rights to freedom of expression and information.

“The rights to freedom of expression and access to information are protected by Section 39 of the Nigerian Constitution, 1999 [as amended], Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and Article 9 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

“These rights must be protected online as they are protected offline. Access to the internet is a fundamental right. Access to the internet is also a necessary precondition for the exercise and enjoyment of human rights online and offline.

“Your government therefore has a legal obligation to enable access to the internet for all, as access to the internet is inextricably linked to the exercise of freedom of expression and information.

“Access to information, the ability to exercise the right to freedom of expression and the participation that the internet provides to all sectors of society is essential for a truly democratic society.

“The rights to freedom of expression and information may be restricted only in specific circumstances. Restrictions on these rights must be provided by law, proportionate, and necessary for respect of the rights or reputations of others or for the protection of national security or of public order, or of public health and morals.

“Further, any measures to address security challenges must make use of the least restrictive means to achieve that legitimate aim.”

Katsina Has Created Over One Million Jobs For Women, Youths – Masari

File photo of Katsina State Governor Aminu Masari.

 

Governor Aminu Masari says the Katsina State government, since the inception of his administration in 2015, has created over one million short-term and long-term jobs, mostly for women and youths.

He also disclosed the over N13 billion has so far been generated as income to agricultural entrepreneurs in the state.

The governor said this on Saturday at the launch of a 600-hectares Date Palm planting campaign at Ajiwa town in Batagarawa Local Government Area of the state.

He commended the Federal Government for its effort in tackling banditry in Katsina and for initiating the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme, which according to him, has supported the state government’s effort in agricultural production.

Governor Masari said his administration was committed to deploying modern means of agriculture to ensure increased productivity and continuous support to farmers and enhance surplus production to close the gap of food shortages created by banditry in some areas of the state.

“In order to actualise the 600 hectares targeted across the 34 LGAs of the state and ensure the participation of small and medium-scale farmers who constitute 80 per cent of state farming population, there is the need for development partners to come in,” he acknowledged.

The governor, however, stressed the need for the National Association of Date Farmers, Processors, and Marketers of Nigeria (NADAFPAM) to properly sensitise financial institutions, especially the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) regarding the importance and financial benefits of date planting.

Earlier in his welcome address, the state deputy governor, Mannir Yakubu, announced that for the take-off of the date palm plantation, 20 hectares of land would be provided in each of the seven old local government areas.

Yakubu, who is also the Commissioner of Agriculture and Natural Resources, said 17 hectares would be provided in each of the remaining 27 local government areas, with 60 youths selected across the state to undergo a workshop on the establishment and management of date palm.

He added that a step-down training would be organised for other youths in the state.

With Hindsight, I Wouldn’t Have Granted Bandits Amnesty – Masari

Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari

 

Katsina State Governor Aminu Masari says with the recent activities of bandits and information now at his disposal, he wouldn’t have granted amnesty to bandits as he did years back.

The governor in an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today insists that he doesn’t regret his action but previous efforts in 2016 and 2019 have obviously not yielded any positive result.

“I don’t regret it, the only thing I say is with the benefits of hindsight, I wouldn’t have done it. Because at that time when we started in 2016, there were leaders but gradually all the leaders were eliminated, that was the failure of the first round,” the governor said.

“The second round after the 2019 election didn’t see the light of the day. We tried but then we realised that, ‘who are you talking to?’ They are not under the same umbrella. They are not pushing for any religious belief. They are just bandits, criminals, and thieves.”

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He stressed that bandits posed great danger to society as their mission is to steal and kill and therefore they should be treated as criminals.

“The reality is, there is nobody in the forest that can discuss peace. For me, anybody in the forest is a potential criminal, so I think it should be dealt with as such,” he added.

Also, during the interview, the governor hinted that his administration is considering banning open grazing in the state.

He, however, said that before a law banning (cattle) roaming is enacted, provisions would be made for where the animals would stay.

 

Tackling Banditry

Earlier on Monday, the Governor inaugurated a committee charged with monitoring and enforcing the recently introduced executive order in the state and announced a ban on commercial charging of phones.

This according to the governor is part of efforts to tackle insecurity.

Governor Masari believes that the latest measure, coupled with further collaborations with the Federal Ministry of Communications will drastically reduce the menace of banditry in the north-western state.

“The latest instruction that we gave out is the closure of all commercial charging points in the most affected local government areas. Commercial charging, we believe, is also an area which is helping the bandits to acquire means of communication,” he said.

Katsina is one of the states hit the most by the activities of bandits. Over the months, many residents, especially in villages, have been attacked, kidnapped or killed.

Over the weekend, the younger sister of the Deputy Speaker of the Katsina State House of Assembly, Dalhatu Tafoki was kidnapped.

Also in the early hours of Monday, gunmen stormed Sabuwar Kasa village in Kafur Local Government Area and took away four children of the Village Head.

Masari Bans Commercial Phone Charging Points In 18 Katsina LGAs

 

The Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari has banned all commercial phone charging points in 18 of the 34 local government areas of the state as part of measures to tackle the scourge of banditry.

He issued the ban on Monday at the Katsina Government House while inaugurating the committee charged with monitoring and enforcing the recently introduced executive order in the state.

Governor Masari believes that the latest measure, coupled with further collaborations with the Federal Ministry of Communications will drastically reduce the menace of banditry in the north-western state.

“The latest instruction that we gave out is the closure of all commercial charging points in the most affected local government areas. Commercial charging, we believe, is also an area which is helping the bandits to acquire means of communication,” he said.

“We believe with this and further measures we are taking with the Federal Ministry of Communication will also help in restoring normalcy to our respective communities.”

He listed the affected local government areas as Jibia, Batsari, Safana, Danmusa, Paskari, Sabuwa, Kurfi, Danja, Kaita, Bakori, Funtua, Kankara, Musawa, Matazu, Dutsima, Mai’adua, Malumfashi and Funtua LGAs.

A file photo of Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari.

 

Masari said the state government will continue studying the predicament and will bring further measures that will help address the security challenges facing the state.

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According to him, other states within the northwest are also taking the same measures to simultaneously tame banditry in the zone.

The committee has the Commissioner of Police, CP Sanusi Buba as Chairman and the Secretary to the State Government, Mustapha Inuwa serving as Secretary.

Governor Masari said the committee is saddled with the responsibility of ensuring that its terms of reference and other items not mentioned are applied in the bid to restoring normalcy in the state.

On his part, the police commissioner thanked Governor Masari for the confidence reposed in them, noting that they have taken note of the terms of reference and the leverages given to them to consider other possibilities in bringing a lasting solution to the state

Buba assured the governor that the committee will work round the clock assiduously and with the fear of God in ensuring total compliance with the executive order.

Katsina To Consider Law Banning Open Grazing – Masari

Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari speaks during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

 

Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, has hinted that his administration is considering banning open grazing in the state.

Masari who spoke during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Monday, faulted the movement of herders from one part of the country to another.

He explained that before the state would create a law banning the open grazing of livestock, the government would make provisions to house the animals.

“We intend to have a law banning (cattle) roaming but before we do that, we would make provisions for where the animals would stay,” the governor said during the programme.

“Herdsmen should stay in one place. Roaming about should not be encouraged. In fact, for us, it is un-Islamic. Why do you have animals that you cannot feed and you have to go to other people’s land and farm and you say that is right? I don’t think it is right.”

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He explained that as part of the efforts to kick start the ranching programme, the Federal Government disbursed N6.2 billion for the project.

Masari added, “We already have started. The Federal Government has given us N6.2 billion and as a state government, we are also investing N6.2 billion. The objective is to have Fulanis stay in one place.”

Masari’s comment comes four months after the Southern Governors Forum announced a ban on open grazing of cattle across states in the region.

The governors, after meeting in Asaba, the Delta State capital, asked President Buhari to address Nigerians on the state of the nation.

It also met months later and instructed states in the region to enact anti-open grazing laws in their domain to curb incessant clashes between herders and farmers.

Away from the farmers-herders crises, Governor Masari is also taking measures to combat crime in the North-West state which has had its fair share of banditry and kidnapping.

Last week, the governor introduced some measures – including banning sales of fuel in jerrycans  – to combat criminality, a move Masari said, is already yielding results.

“We are not totally shutting all the filling stations. In local governments, we said two filling stations will operate and in those filling stations, nobody will sell fuel in jerrycans and gallons,” he added.

“There may be some hardship but it is better now to take the hardship now in order to restore normalcy. We have a list of some of these filling stations that are dispensing fuel in jerrycans.”

Gunmen Strike Again In Katsina, Abduct Village Head’s Four Children

Gunmen now target wives, children and relatives of political officer holders.

 

Gunmen suspected to be bandits have again attacked a community in Katsina State, kidnapping four children of a village head.

According to residents, the gunmen stormed Sabuwar Kasa village in Kafur Local Government Area of Katsina State in the early hours of Monday and took away Alhaji Hamza Umar’s children.

Umar, the village head of Sabuwar Kasa, is also the head of Local Government Administration in Funtua Local Government Council of the North-West state.

The police are yet to confirm the incident.

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Shift In Pattern?

A file photo of a man holding a gun.

 

Monday’s incident is coming less than 24 hours after gunmen kidnapped the younger sister of the Deputy Speaker of the Katsina State House of Assembly, Shehu Dalhatu Tafoki.

Before that,  assailants had stormed Kurami village in Bakori Local Government Area of the state on Saturday. They abducted the wife and two children of the member representing Bakori constituency in the state House of Assembly, Dr. Ibrahim Kurami.

Bakori LGA is about 42 kilometres from Faskari LGA.

Katsina State has in recent weeks witnessed a shift in the kidnapping pattern as gunmen now target wives, children and relatives of political office holders.

Police Arrest Notorious Bandit, 17 Others In Katsina

Police parade the suspected criminals for armed robbery, cattle rustling among other crimes.

 

Police in Katsina State have arrested 18 suspects in connection with banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling, and other related crimes.

One of the suspects simply identified as Abdullahi Mai-Rafi is a notorious bandit who according to the police conspired with two others and disguised as government officials to commit armed robbery and indulged in the rustling of cattle numbering up to 20.

Prior to his latest arrest, Mai-Rafi had allegedly repented from his old ways and was working with the state government under the office of S.A on Security matters, Ahmad Ibrahim Katsina.

 

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While parading the suspects before the command headquarters on Wednesday in Katsina, the Police spokesman, SP Gambo Isah explained that the trio had on August 11th 2021 at about 11:00hrs, gone to Danmarke forest in Ingawa LGA of the state with a motor vehicle Toyota, Camry, ash in colour, with registration number DE 631 LED, attacked a herder, one Alhaji Gide Suleiman of Malumafashi LGA while grazing his animals.

They attacked him with machetes and sticks, threatened him and his boys that they were from the office of Special Adviser on security to His Excellency, with a false allegation that their brother, one Sa’idu had robbed one Lawal of his herds and that they should either produce the said Sa’idu or bring hundred (100) cows.

 

“After some scuffles, the suspects succeeded in robbing the said Alhaji Gide Suleiman of his twenty (20) cows valued seven million, five hundred and fifty thousand naira (N7,550,000:00K) with the intention of taking them to the Sa’id Lawal as compensation for his stolen cows as falsely alleged by them.

“They also searched and robbed them of the sum of forty thousand (N40,000:00) naira and four (4) GSM handsets.

“Subsequently, on the 24th of August, the same syndicate of Abdullahi Mai-Rafi and three (3) others, attacked the complainant on the same false allegation and attempted to rob him of another set of twenty cows and some sheep, but nemesis caught up with them when they were rounded up and arrested by the Command.

“In the course of the investigation, suspects confessed to the commission of the offences.

“The Gang leader, Abdullahi Mai-Rafi confessed to have conspired with the others and sold all the cows at Dankama market, Kaita LGA of the state.

“Two cows and the sum of four hundred and forty-four thousand naira were recovered as exhibits from their possessions,” Isah explained.

Some of the arrested bandits.

 

Furthermore, on the 31st of August 2021, the command also succeeded in arresting one Aminu Adulrazak of Tudun Yan lihidda Quarters, Katsina, based on credible intelligence. This happened while he was conveying 66 jerry cans filled with fuel in an unregistered Peugeot 504 at Kofar Guga Garage believed to be a supply to bandits hibernating in the forest. Interestingly, the suspect divulged that he has engaged in these crooked activities for about fifteen years and confessed to have bought the fuel from one Saminu Rabiu-a transport manager at AK Mai Kwai filling station.

Prior to the above arrests, on August 23rd, 2021 the command succeeded in arresting one Abubakar Abdullahi of Allah Madogara village in Malumfashi LGA of the state who was a notorious suspected kidnapper and informant to bandits. The suspect, Abubakar Abdullahi, was trailed and arrested and confessed during interrogation that he indeed committed all crimes attributed to him and his cohorts (now at large).

Some of the arrested bandits.

 

Additionally, on the 17th of August 2021, the command- based on a tip-off, succeed in arresting notorious bandits and cattle rustlers, Bala Abdu alias Medele and Halliru Tukur, from Dunkula village, Safana LGA, who terrorize Safana LGA and its environs. In the course of the interrogation, suspect Bala Abdu Medele confessed to have participated in numerous bandit and cattle rustling activities in Safana LGA and its environs.

Also, the command arrested the duo of one Mani Yahaya and Isuhu Usman on the 8th of August 2021, based on a tip-off, which would provide leads for an ongoing investigation. All detained suspects are from Tsaskiye village via Safana LGA Katsina. The duo is strongly suspected to be providing information to the camp of two notorious bandits: Ya`u and Mallam Aibo who are known to be hibernating in Rugu forest and carry out attacks on Tsaskiya and Ummadau village, Safana LGA respectively.

Some of the arrested bandits.

 

Regardless of the grim reality about crime in the state, and the perpetrators still at large, the police assure the citizens of Katsina state that the criminals arrested based on the aforementioned ongoing investigations would provide leads that can be employed for bringing to book those criminals at large.

Katsina Bans Inter-State Transport Of Cattle

Katsina, usually referred to as Katsina State to distinguish it from the city of Katsina, is a state in North West zone of Nigeria.
Katsina, usually referred to as Katsina State to distinguish it from the city of Katsina, is a state in North West zone of Nigeria.

 

The Katsina State Government on Tuesday said it has banned the transportation of cattle from the state to any other state in Nigeria.

This was contained in a statement signed by state government spokesperson, Abdu Labaran.

The ban is part of efforts to improve security in the state and is backed by the Security Challenges (Containment) Order signed into law by Governor Aminu Bello Masari.

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The order also bans trucks/lorries carrying firewood from the bush and the sale of animals at the markets of Jibia, Batsari, Safana, Danmusa, Kankara, Malumfashi, Charanchi, Mai’aduwa, Kafur, Faskari, Sabuwa, Baure , Dutsinma and Kaita Local Government Areas.

The order prohibited the sale of second-hand motorcycles at Charanchi market, carrying three persons on motorcycles and carrying more than three passengers on a tricycle.

“In addition, the Security Challenges (Containment) Order also imposed the (total) closure of Jibia-Gurbi Baure road to all motorists, with travellers playing the road to use the alternative Funtua road until further notice, and (the closure of) Kankara-Sheme road to all commercial vehicles, who are similarly advised to go through Funtua,” the statement added.

“However, private non-commercial vehicles may ply the road if they do wish.

“Furthermore, the Order also limits the sale of fuel of NOT more than N5,000.00 to motorists to ONLY 2 designated filling stations in Jibia,Batsari, Safana,Danmusa, zaka kara, Faskari, Sabha, Dandume, Musawa, Matazu, Dutsinma, Kurfi, Danja and Kafur Local Government Areas, even as it reinforces the prohibition of the sale of petrol in Jerrycans at filling stations.

“Still, the Order has reinforced the ban on the operation of commercial tricycles and motorcycles from 10.00am to 6.00am in the state capital 6.00pm to 6.00 am in the Front Line Local Government Areas.

“The Order however, permits identified essential workers (health personnel, security personnel and journalists) to use tricycles and motorcycles BEYOND the banned periods.”

12 Killed, Six Injured As Bandits Attack Katsina Community

A file photo shows a man holding a rifle. AFP

 

Twelve persons have been killed, with six injured following an attack by bandits on the Duba community in Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State.

Channels Television gathered that the hoodlums, numbering over 300 and armed with General Purpose Machine Guns and RPGs, attacked the community on Saturday night.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Gambo Isah confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Sunday via a telephone call.

He said the bandits had upon their arrival at the community started shooting sporadically into the air, after which they looted many shops and rustled some domestic animals belonging to the residents.

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He revealed that a joint military, police, and air force operation is ongoing on how to deal with the situation, adding that investigation is in top gear with a view to arresting the perpetrators.

A resident of the area, Malam Aminu Batsari who was attending the burial of those killed during the incident also confirmed the attack.

He also explained that those wounded have already been taken to the hospital for treatment.

Batsari is close to the dreaded Rugu Forest, one of the ten frontline LGAs in Katsina where armed bandits have been carrying out their nefarious activities.

Banditry is common in Katsina and other states in the North-West region despite efforts by security agencies and reassurances from the government.