Masari Signs Bill Restricting Movement Of Motorcycles, Tricycles In Katsina

A file photo of Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari.

 

 

Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, has signed an executive order restricting the movement of motorcycles and tricycles from 7pm to 6am throughout the state.

The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the state, Ahmed El-Marzuq, announced this on Wednesday shortly after the governor assented to the bill at the Government House in Katsina.

He explained that the assent to the bill was to prevent incessant attacks by the hoodlums terrorising innocent citizens of the state.

The commissioner disclosed that the law would come into effect from January 20, 2020.

He, however, stated that the only exception to the law were personnel of the law enforcement agencies such as the military, the police, and other paramilitary agencies.

 

El-Marzuq said the government took the decision after it discovered that most of the kidnappings in the state were being carried out with the use of tricycles and motorcycles.

According to him, this is not just noticed in the eight frontline local government areas where the incidents are mostly reported but in the entire state.

The Attorney General warned that violators of the law would be jailed for up to one year with an option of fine, or both as prescribed by the penal code.

He urged the residents to cooperate with the government and the law enforcement agencies to enforce the law for the security and well-being of the state.

Katsina Govt Gives Bandits 48 Hours To Release Kidnapped Persons

 

Bandits in Katsina have been given a 48-hour ultimatum to unconditionally release all kidnapped persons in their custody or face the full wrath of the law.

The Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Mustapha Inuwa made the declaration while briefing newsmen on the outcome of an extraordinary meeting held with relevant stakeholders.

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Mr. Inuwa while warning bandits said that this would be the last meeting the government will have with them to advocate for peaceful co-existence between them and the larger society, stating that the state government will no longer grant an excuse to bandits who breach the peace accord.

“For those repentants who still abide by the dictates of the accord, the government would provide them a piece of land to relocate as no going back the military will soon resume in full force.”

Other stakeholders who attended the meeting include the General Officer Commanding 8th Division of the Nigerian Army, Sokoto, General Aminu Bande, the repentant as well as representatives of some recalcitrant bandits from Katsina and Zamfara States.

Bandits Abduct Two Customs Officers In Katsina

 

Two officers of the Nigeria Customs Service have been abducted by bandits at the Dan-Bedi Checkpoint located along Mallamawa Danbedi axis in Jibia, Katsina, a border town with the Republic of Niger.

Some residents in the area told Channels Television that the Customs officers were abducted on Wednesday morning along with an unspecified number of unsuspecting travellers on the Jibia – Batsari highway.

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According to one of the residents, the bandits riding on motorcycles arrived at the customs checkpoint, overpowered the officers and disappeared with them into a nearby forest.

“The bandits in their numbers riding on motorcycles, arrived at the Customs checkpoint, overpowered the officers, seized their weapons and finally fired gunshots sporadically into the air thereby disappearing with them into nearby forest popularly known as ‘Rugu’.”

The Customs service spokesman, Joseph Attah however confirmed to Channels Television that an Inspector and a Customs Assistant servicing at the Federal Operation Unit Zone ”B” Command were abducted.

Mr Attah further explained that all effort is in place to rescue the men and the other civilians.

17, Not 40 Travellers Were Kidnapped In Katsina – Police

 

The Katsina State Police Command has urged the people to continue to assist the security agencies in the fight against banditry, kidnapping, and other related crimes bedevilling the state.

The spokesman for the command, Gambo Isah, made the appeal on Tuesday during a press briefing held at the Police Headquarters in Katsina.

He dismissed the claims that over 40 passengers were kidnapped by the bandits as untrue, saying that “Operation Puff Adder led by the Divisional Police Officer in Batsari Division succeeded in rescuing eight victims of kidnap”.

“Of the 17 victims of Sunday’s kidnap in Batsari Local Government Area, eight were earlier rescued by the police, leaving behind nine in the hands of the bandits,” Isah explained.

He added that one of the victims, who was also one of the two J5 drivers involved in the attack, managed to sneak back home on Tuesday, leaving behind eight in the bandits’ custody.

According to the command’s spokesman, the ninth victim sneaked out of captivity in the night while the bandits were asleep.

He said the victim ran away from the bandits’ detention center located in Dumburum village in Zamfara State.

Isah commended the efforts of the Katsina State government towards reducing the rate of crime in the state.

The government, according to him, is doing excellently well with the issue of dialogue with bandits which has translated to a reduction in the cases of banditry, armed robbery, and kidnapping in Katsina.

Police Rescue Six Kidnap Victims In Katsina

 

Police in Katsina state has rescued six (6) victims of kidnap from unrepentant bandits terrorising Batsari Local Government Area of the state.

Rescued in Batsari, the kidnap victims were rescued following a distress call received on Wednesday by the police at about 12:30hrs, that unrepentant bandits in their numbers armed with AK 47 rifles have kidnapped some women working inside a farm at Mata-Mulki village of the local government.

In a phone call interview with Channels television this morning, the spokesman of the state police command, SP Gambo Isah noted that “Operation Puff Adder led by the DPO Batsari swiftly moved to the area and gave the hoodlums a hot chase into the forest and engaged them into a gun duel”.

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He said “consequently, the bandits abandoned the victims and ran into the forest. And the team succeeded in rescuing a 16-year-old Zahara’u Abdullahi and five other young women all of Mata-Mulki village of Batsari LGA.

In the meantime, the command has on Thursday arrested a suspected member of armed robbery syndicate, Sa’idu Iliyasu, m, aged 20yrs of Kamfanin Dauda village in Faskari Local Government Area of the state.

In a press statement issued this morning, the spokesman of the state police command, Gambo Isah noted that “Today 2/01/2020 at about 03:00hrs, Police patrol team attached Faskari Division, responded to a distress call with a report that a group of armed robbers/cattle rustlers have attacked the house of one Ahmed Haruna, m, aged 30yrs of Kamfanin Daudawa village, beat him up to a state of coma and robbed him up of unspecified sum of money and other valuables.

The team succeeded in arresting one. In the course of the investigation, the suspect confessed to have committed the offense alongside four others (now at Large).

Authorities say the investigation is still ongoing.

Katsina State Workers To Start Enjoying New Minimum Wage From January 2020

 

Katsina State workers are to start enjoying the new national minimum wage from today January 2020.

The Chairman of the State Committee on New Minimum Wage and Secretary to the Government of the State Alhaji Mustapha Inuwa announced this on Wednesday while addressing journalists at the General Muhammadu Buhari House, Katsina on the agreement reached between the state Government and NLC in the State.

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The state NLC chairman, Comrade Hussaini Hamisu in his address appreciated the Government’s team for being transparent during the negotiations which according to him made their work easier.

Both sides signed the agreement alongside the table adjustments of the workers’ salaries.

Police Arrest 1,907 Suspects, Rescue 30 Victims In Katsina

 

A total of 1,907 suspected criminals in connection with 1,519 reported cases have been arrested by the Katsina state police command in 10 months.

This is within the last 10 months in its ongoing fight against the menace of cattle rustling, armed robbery, kidnapping, banditry and other forms of criminality especially in the most affected eight front line LGAs of the state.

The state Police Commissioner, CP Sanusi Buba disclosed this on Tuesday during his end of the year press conference held at the Command Headquarters, Katsina state.

He said a total of 1,256 arrested suspects are currently undergoing prosecution in various competent courts of law in the state, adding that a total of eight (8) rustlers were killed, 44 arrested while five (5) were severely injured in several battles.

CP Buba further stated that a total of 435 rustled animals comprising 359 cows, 61 of them are sheep, seven donkeys, seven camels and one goat recovered alongside 170 suspected armed robbery suspects, 106 suspected kidnappers arrested, two killed in battle and 44 victims rescued.

“The launching of Operation Puff Adder by the Inspector General of Police in Batsari LGA of the state witnessed the massive deployment of personnel and equipment in the Front line areas leading to massive raids and several arrests of suspected bandits from their criminal hideouts and recovery of a large catch of arms and ammunition.”

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The police Commissioner while assuring determination to do more in 2020, maintained that in the same year, following the state government peace dialogue initiative, 30 kidnapped victims were also released by their captors.

He said 11 AK47 rifles, one Tavo 21 rifle, two English pistols, 24 locally made guns, 27 Dane guns 398 live ammunition and 48 cartridges were also recovered during various sting operations carried out by the command.

Similarly, the command according to the commissioner during the year under review recovered a total of 18 motor vehicles and 66 motorcycles from 59 suspected criminals.

He, therefore, appreciated the effort of the state government for initiating and leading the peace dialogue process between farmers and herders in the state, adding that, the giant stride has by no means brought about peace in the affected communities.

He, however, warned unrepentant bandits and their collaborators or informers to either accept the peace initiative of the Government or be dealt with according to extant laws of the land.

The highlight of the conference was the decoration of four police officers who were hitherto promoted to various ranks.

Two of the officers decorated were promoted from the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police to the rank of Deputy Commissioner of police whereas last two officers were promoted from the rank of Chief Superintendent of Police to the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police.

Insecurity: Police Recover Herd Of Cattle In Katsina

 

Police in Katsina state has recovered herds of cattle stolen at Dabaibayawa village in Batagarawa Local Government Area of Katsina State.

The spokesman of the state police command, SP Gambo Isah confirmed this on Thursday in a statement he posted on the state police what’s up platform.

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He said the stolen cattle were recovered by the special anti-robbery squad patrol team after a fierce gun duel with bandits on Tuesday, the 24th of this month at about 01: 30 hours.

Customs Intercept Smuggled Goods Worth N108m, Arrest Six Suspects

 

Officers of the Nigeria Customs Service, Katsina state command have intercepted smuggled goods of different kinds with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of over N108 million.

The goods were intercepted at different times and locations within the state and seized from desperate Nigerians.

The items include 1,632 bags of foreign rice, 440 Jerry cans of vegetable oil, 9 bales of used clothes, 283 cartons of spaghetti, 81 bags of sugar, 56 cartons of washing soap, 73 means of conveyance, 26 cartons of Tiger Head Dry Cell Battery.

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Other items seized include 28 cartons of macaroni, 3 bags of tiger nuts, 5 bags of beans, 1 tanker loaded with 50,000 litres of AGO, 1 trailer loaded with potash, 1 trailer loaded with unprocessed hides and skin and 1 trailer loaded with used motor batteries.

Acting Comptroller of the command, DC Dahiru Kirawa during a briefing, said six suspects have also been arrested in connection with the seizures.

He said the effort was to sustain the fight against smuggling and ensure full compliance with the Federal Government’s partial border closure to safeguard the nation’s economy.

“The message is we have no other country than Nigeria, we must make concerted effort to ensure that our economy is improved and this is one of the ways by which we would help and ensure that smuggling is suppressed to the barest minimum and that smugglers must desist because laudable programs have been put in place by the government, they should take advantage of that to engage in legitimate business.”

Police Arrest Suspected Kidnapper Of Six-Year-Old In Katsina

 

The police in Katsina state have apprehended a suspected member of a kidnap syndicate who masterminded the abduction of his six-year-old step-sister.

Spokesman of the state police command, SP Gambo Isah in a press briefing at the command’s headquarters, disclosed that the Command’s SARS team had on the 28 of November 2019, arrested the suspect, Ibrahim Kasim.

SP Isah explained that the suspect conspired with other members of his syndicate and kidnapped his stepsister, Asiya Kasim, aged 6yrs old.

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“SARS Patrol Team led by SP Andrew Alphouse swoop into action and arrested the mastermind of the kidnap incident.

“In the course of an investigation, the suspect confessed to have conspired with his girlfriend one Murja of Zamfara state.”

He added that Kasim confessed that he organized the kidnap, including providing the phone number of his father where they were able to demand for the payment of N10 million as ransom.

SP Isah said that the Command is making effort to apprehend other members of the syndicate, and an investigation is ongoing.

PHOTOS: Buhari Departs Daura After Five-Day Working Visit

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has departed Katsina State after completing his five-day working visit to his hometown, Daura.

He left Daura on Tuesday morning and arrived at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Airport on a helicopter.

The President was warmly received by the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari; his deputy, Mannir Yakubu, and the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Tasi’u Maigari.

Others on the ground to receive the number one citizen were Secretary to the State Government, Dr Mustapha Inuwa; Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Katsina, Shitu Shitu; the State Chief Judge, Justice Musa Danladi, as well as the State Service Chiefs and members of the State Executive Council.

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The presidential plane, thereafter, departed the airport at about 10:23 am for Kaduna State where he is expected to attend the annual Chief of Army Staff Conference.

He is expected to deliver a keynote address and declare the conference open and commission the new 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital in the state capital.

During the five-day working visit to Daura, President Buhari performed a ground-breaking ceremony for the take-off of the first Federal University of Transportation in the country.

He also inaugurated a 28-kilometre Randa-Doguru-Gallu-Kwanar Gwanti-Shargalle Road in Mashi Local Government Area of the state.

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Buhari Plans Strict Reforms To Revive Agriculture Sector

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he plans to curb smuggling activities through Nigeria’s borders in a bid to rekindle the agriculture sector.

President Buhari told a delegation of Katsina State Elders Forum who paid him a visit at his country home in Daura, that the new directive will save the country billions of naira on import bills.

A statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, added that just like the successes recorded from the border drill on rice and petroleum products, the interest of farmers must be protected.

He told the delegation that he intends forging ahead with poverty alleviation schemes and the agricultural and livestock reforms which his administration started during the first term.

”Farmers must be protected. Dishonesty is deep-rooted in the country. Otherwise, the border closer would not have been warranted,” he said.

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President Buhari commended the actions taken by the President of Niger Republic, Muhammadou Youssoufou, including the dismissal of officials and a ban on use of the country as a dumping ground for Nigeria-bound smuggled goods, adding that the measures taken by the President of Niger were helpful and supportive.

He acknowledged the hardship of border communities following the ban on sale of fuel at stations 20 kilometres to the border, a restriction that also saw to the closure of all fuel stations in his native home, Daura.

Earlier in his remark, the representative of the Chairman of the Elders Forum, Alhaji Aliyu Saulawa, drew a long list of requests which included a special intervention fund to assist victims of attacks, completion of the 10 megawatts wind power project in the state, setting up of a North-West Development Commission and setting up of Ruga farm settlements, which he said were urgently needed.

President Buhari promised to look at the requests, adding that his constituency is the whole country, and he is determined to be fair to all.