The Katsina Police Command have foiled a kidnap attempt on travellers along Jibia-Batsari road Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State and rescued eight persons.
The rescued victims include six females and two males while three others are, however, still missing.
The police spokesperson, Gambo Isah in a statement on Friday said the bandits who rode on motorbikes and were armed with AK 47 rifles attacked and kidnapped all the occupants of the motor vehicle, Volkswagen, Passat, Wagon (white) with registration number EPE 754 EZ and whisked them away into the forest.
“On receipt of the report, DPO Batsari led teams of Operation Puff Adder and Sharan Daji to the area, chased after the hoodlums, engaged them in a gun duel, and successfully rescued eight of the victims,” the statement read in part.
He said search parties are still combing the area to arrest the fleeing bandits and to rescue the remaining three missing persons.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday gave members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Katsina State two cows, 20 bags of rice and N1 million to mark the Eid El-Kabir celebrations.
Buhari also commended former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon for the NYSC initiative, which he said had created more opportunities for uniting the country.
He stated this while receiving corps members who visited him at his country home in Daura for Eid-el-Kabir homage, asking them to make the most out of the opportunity of travelling around the country especially in understanding different climates, cultures, languages and out views on life.
“Every time I meet with former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, like recently, I still commend him for the initiative of the NYSC. The NYSC is spectacular in many ways,” he said.
“Some of you have come from Port Harcourt, Lagos and Calabar and you can now feel the heat of Daura and how close it is to the desert.”
On his part, the Corps Liason Officer, Umaru Babayo thanked the President for all the efforts and sacrifices to restore peace in the country, and the policies to diversify the economy, with agriculture as the main driver.
He said the Emir of Daura, Alhaji Faruk Umar Faruk, had shown a lot of kindness and warmth to corps members as well in his domain, appreciating the community for always supporting them.
Babayo assured the President of prayers for a successful time in office, and God’s providence in decision making that will move the country forward.
President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerians to fish out those threatening Nigeria’s peace.
The President made the call on Tuesday in his country home in Daura, Katsina State while receiving members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) who paid him a courtesy visit.
“There is insecurity because there are evil people who live in our midst. Communities must fish them out so that we will bring peace to all parts of the country,” President Buhari said through his spokesman, Garba Shehu.
He also cautioned Nigerians in diaspora against disparaging the image of the country abroad, saying there is nothing to gain doing so.
While noting that other foreigners cannot tarnish the image of their country but serve as ambassadors, President Buhari advised the citizens to take a cue from this and project the country’s image in a positive way.
“Why do we go out and tell the worst stories of our own country? I think that Nigerians have to change. If we don’t love this country and promote it nobody will do it for us,” he added.
The presidential spokesman also acknowledged that the unshakable support President Buhari enjoys not only in his hometown but also across the country, noting that it is enough for the opposition to admit that the president matters a lot from the ruling party and Nigerians in general.
He said Nigerians are looking up to President Buhari’s leadership to continue with his legacies in the delivery of infrastructural projects in the country.
Shehu added, “The masses will never abandon President Buhari’s leadership. I assure you that in 2023.
“The masses will be waiting for the President to show the way in courtesy of what he has been building for the country in terms of infrastructure and well-being of young people in the country. Nobody will take the risk by inviting another party to come and take over in 2023.”
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday reiterated his administration’s commitment to lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty, saying it is achievable if there is synergy between the government and the people.
Speaking during the commissioning of the first National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) Integrated Farm Estate in Katsina, President Buhari noted that reliance on oil had turned a drawback on the economy over the years, with unpredictable and fluctuating global prices that made it more difficult to effectively plan budgets, implement and measure outcomes.
He said the mainstay of the Nigerian economy remains agriculture, where the country already commands a competitive advantage, with good weather conditions for crop and livestock farming, available manpower and willingness to learn new skills and good soil types for all-season farming.
“We can do it, and we will do it. No excuse will be good enough to remain a mono-economy with all the challenges in oil production and fluctuating global prices when we have vast opportunities in crop and livestock production,” Buhari was quoted as saying in a statement issued by his spokesman, Garba Shehu.
“I wish to restate my commitment that getting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty is realisable. The country is robustly blessed with good weather conditions, good soil, human and material capacity, and resilience to make a difference by all the hardworking youths.”
While noting that more emphasis on the competitive edge of the economy for relevance in globalized world places, the President said Nigeria would always play a leading role in the agricultural sector, with the vastness in experience, crop cultivation, animal husbandry, and more recently, a rising youth interest.
“As the world becomes more globalized, countries will continue to draw from their competitive advantage to remain relevant. My belief, and it is also shared by many Nigerians, is that our country has a special advantage in food and livestock productions that we must harness and promote to feed ourselves and build a firm structure for exportation.
“Our vision of a robust agricultural economy continues to provide amazing results. Across the country today, we are seeing rising public and private interests in agriculture, especially among the youth, and steady migration from subsistence to commercial farming.
“With the support of public institutions, like the Central Bank and Bank of Agriculture, old tools are giving way to more mechanized styles of farming, credit lines are becoming more accessible, and farming is becoming more acceptable and fashionable. Indeed, we are witnessing a revolution in the agricultural sector,” the President added.
A notorious kidnapper and rapist known as Surajo Dauda, has revealed the gruesome ordeal he put one of his victims through while she was in his custody.
Dauda who was apprehended by police in Katsina State confessed to kidnapping a certain 18-year-old housewife, Jamila Auwal, and raping her daily for the duration she was held captive.
A spokesman for the police in Katsina State, SP Gambo Isah, noted that the married woman was taken from Tandama village after she was drugged.
Mr. Isah who disclosed this while parading the suspects before the command headquarters in Katsina on Friday added that Dauda confessed to having abducted the victim, locking her up for five months in a room, and defiling her on a daily basis.
Meanwhile, one Abdullahi Isiyaku (‘M’, aged 30yrs) of Wardanga village in Bakori LGA of Katsina state reported at Danja Division on June 17th, 2021, that sometime in January 2020, he travelled to Lagos to earn a living and left his wife behind, one Zainab Ahmed, (“F”, aged 20 yrs), under the care of her parents at Unguwar Dantalle village of Tandama area in Danja LGA of Katsina state.
He however noted that when he returned earlier in June, he met his wife with a four months old baby girl. In the course of an investigation, the lady stated that she was indoctrinated into a new Islamic Sect called “Hakika” by three suspected rapists who jointly had carnal knowledge of her.
The suspects – Tukur Dan-Azumi, (m, aged 19yrs), Abubakar Yahuza, (m, aged 20yrs), Rufa’i Saosi, (‘m’, 27yrs) all of Unguwar Dantalle in Tandama village area Danja, have now been apprehended.
The police say all the suspects will be charged to court after investigations have been concluded.
One bandit has been killed and eleven suspects arrested in connection with banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling, and rape in Katsina State.
Katsina State Police Spokesman, SP Gambo Isah while parading the suspects before the command headquarters in Katsina on Friday highlighted five different cases in relation to the recent achievements made by the command in the ongoing onslaught against banditry and other related crimes in the state.
Isah stated that four of the suspects who are members of a notorious gun-running syndicate led by one Ibrahim Abdullahi, “were accosted on their motorbikes on June 21st, 2021 at about 13:20hrs” by a team of Police Mobile Personnel while on routine patrol along Tsatskiya- Ummadau road of Safana LGA.
In the course of the investigation, the team recovered the sum of three million, four hundred and forty-five thousand Naira (N3,445,000:00K) suspected to be ransom money on transit for an arms deal.
During the course of interrogation, the ring leader, Ibrahim Abdullahi, confessed to being a gunrunner and that they have taken six (6) AK 47 rifles to one notorious bandits’ leader, Tukur Rabiu, alias “NASHARME” hibernating at Rijana Forest, along Kaduna – Abuja road and collected the said amount in return for the arms.
The suspect also confessed to being gunrunning for one Abu Rade, a notorious bandit hibernating at Rugu and Dumburum forests of Katsina and Zamfara States.
He further stated that he is being paid the sum of one hundred thousand naira (N100,000:00K) as commission for each arm, he supplied adding that he had supplied so many AK 47 rifles to different bandits’ camp in the country.
Similarly, on June 24th, 2021 bandits in their numbers, riding on motorbikes, shooting sporadically with AK 47 rifles, attacked Tinya village, Batsari LGA of Katsina state, and rustled some domestic animals.
A team of policemen in collaboration with the vigilante group chased after the hoodlums, engaged them in a fierce gun duel, killed one of the bandits, and recovered one AK 47 rifle.
The scene was immediately scanned by the gallant officers and successfully recovered twelve (12) cows and eleven (11) Sheep earlier rustled by the bandits.
Other suspects arrested by the command include members of a notorious syndicate of bandits/kidnappers and cattle rustlers.
The command spokesman also said that the police succeeded in arresting one Ibrahim Iliya of Sabon Garin Dan Ali village in Danmusa LGA of Katsina state on June 9th, 2021.
In the course of the investigation, the suspect confessed to being among the syndicate of bandits that attacked the poultry farm of one Alhaji Abubakar at Yantumaki village in Danmusa LGA on April 1st, 2021, and carted away forty-nine (49) cows, forty-one (41) Sheep and thirteen (13) Goats valued over five million naira (N5,000.000.00).
The suspect also confessed to have participated in the crime alongside seventeen (17) others all of whom are now at large.
In the meantime, the command has succeeded in arresting a notorious kidnapper and rapist. The 30-year-old suspect simply identified as Surajo Dauda of Rijiyar Basai village in Danja LGA of Katsina State was suspected to have drugged and abducted a housewife, Jamila Auwal, aged 18-years. She was taken from Tandama village.
Dauda confessed to having abducted and locked up the victim for five months in a room and raped her on a daily basis.
In a similar vein, one Abdullahi Isiyaku (‘M’, aged 30yrs) of Wardanga village in Bakori LGA of Katsina state reported at Danja Division on June 17th 2021, that sometimes in January 2020, he travelled to Lagos to earn a living and left his wife behind, one Zainab Ahmed, (“F”, aged 20 yrs), under the care of her parents at Unguwar Dantalle village of Tandama area in Danja LGA of Katsina state.
However, when he returned earlier in June, he met his wife with a four months old baby girl. In the course of an investigation, the lady stated that she was indoctrinated into a new Islamic Sect called “Hakika” by three suspected rapists who jointly had carnal knowledge of her.
The suspects – Tukur Dan-Azumi, (m, aged 19yrs), Abubakar Yahuza, (m, aged 20yrs), Rufa’i Saosi, (‘m’, 27yrs) all of Unguwar Dantalle in Tandama village area Danja.
A 50-year-old man, Abdulkadir Abdulkareemu has been arrested for allegedly raping two minors in Katsina State.
According to the police spokesman in the state, Gambo Isah, the suspect was said to have defiled the victims – both of the same mothers – aged between three and five years.
“The mother went and reported the matter to the GRA police station located in the state capital,” Isha said during a press conference in Katsina on Monday.
“The suspect is staying in the same house with the mother of the victims and he took advantage and raped the two minor girls. He usually takes them into his room and gives them either twenty or thirty naira.”
Also arrested were 11 others suspects for allegedly terrorising innocent people in the state.
Those apprehended were 10 social miscreants otherwise known as Kauraye between the ages of 20 and 25 who were arrested during a raid conducted across their various hideouts within the metropolitan area based on credible intelligence and reports received by the police command.
The police spokesman said the suspects were nabbed in possession of dangerous weapons and some quantities of drugs, rubber solution as well as Indian hemp.
A notorious fraudster was also arrested for duping people who don’t know how to operate their ATM machines.
Isah explained that the suspect was reportedly engaged in exchanging his ATM with that of his victims in the name of assisting them.
He said during the course of the police investigation, criminal charms, food items comprising four cartons of spaghetti, four bottles of juice and several ATM cards were recovered in possession of the suspect with over N1.6 million he claimed to have so far defrauded the general public.
The suspects during the police interrogation confessed to committing the crimes.
The spokesperson of the command, SP Gambo Isah speaking during the parade of the suspects on Tuesday at the Katsina Police Command Headquarters said three locally-made weapons attached with some rounds of ammunition were recovered from some of the suspected bandits arrested at Kafur, Funtua, and Danja local government areas of the state.
One of the suspects, 18-year-old Mustapha Jibril of Kankara Local Government Area of the state was arrested for raping an 11-year-old girl.
The girl was reportedly sent on an errand by her parents when Jibril lured and forcefully raped her in an uncompleted building.
The command however warned parents to always look after their wards as the command will not leave any stone unturned in dealing decisively with activities of social miscreants otherwise known as Kauraye.
Banditry, kidnapping, and cattle rustling have been on the rise in Nigeria’s northern regions with residents living close to the forests falling victims of attacks.
This is despite repeated assurances from both federal and state governments as well as law enforcement operatives.
Banditry which was initially rife in the northwest has spread to other parts of the country. The mass abductions of schoolchildren have also continued to gain traction in the region with critics saying it will grossly affect school enrollment.
One person has been reported dead and 21 others mostly women and children abducted in Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State.
An eyewitness told Channels Television that the armed bandits arrived in Batsari town at about 10:20 pm on Tuesday shooting sporadically and eventually abducted 21 persons.
Batsari is one of the Frontline Local Government Areas in Katsina State sharing borders with the dreaded Rugu forest where activities of armed bandits are persistently on the increase since the resurgence of banditry, cattle rustling, and kidnapping for ransom in the state.
The eyewitness explained that the hoodlums after rustling dozens of cattle, properties, and mobile phones worth millions of naira also killed a refugee of Bakon Zabuwa village, identified as Alhaji Hassan.
Gunmen have abducted a judge at a Shari’a Court located between Baure Zaka villages in Safana Local Government Area of Katsina State.
The judge, simply identified as Alhaji Husaini Sama’ila was, according to a resident (name withheld), kidnapped at about 3:00 pm today while on a personal visit to the court which was relocated to Safana for security purposes.
He said the judge was recently moved to Safana town to continue to deliver justice because of the worsening insecurity challenges bedeviling the two villages where the court was established earlier.
Meanwhile, the police authorities in the state are yet to confirm the incident as phone calls put through the spokesman, SP Gambo Isah were not responded to.