12 Kidnap Victims Rescued In Katsina

 

Twelve kidnap victims have been rescued by security agencies in collaboration with some repentant bandits in Katsina State.

The victims who are largely passengers were rescued following a joint operation of the Nigeria Police, the Army in partnership with the state government.

The rescued victims mostly women and children were reportedly kidnapped by a group of bandits along Yantumaki-Burunkuza road in Danmusa Local Government Area of the state.

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In a press conference on Wednesday, the spokesman State Police Command, Gambo Isah, said the rescued victims were handed over to the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Dr Mustapha Inuwa.

According to him, the SSG ordered “their immediate treatment, welfare and subsequent reunion with their respective members of their families as an investigation is ongoing.”

“On 22/03/2020 at about 21:00hrs, a group of bandits armed with AK 47 rifles, blocked the road between Yantumaki to Burunkuza and attacked a commercial motor vehicle, a bus belonging to Niger State Government with registration number NIGER_14B_50NG driven by one Shu’aibu Muhammed, M, aged 45 years of Niger state and kidnapped the passengers,” he said.

Three notorious syndicates of bandits/ kidnappers, drug dealers and armed robbers were also paraded by the police.

Exhibits recovered from the suspects were 96 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition and the sum of N708,000.

Others include 679 bottles of codeine syrup worth over N2million, 2,000 tablets of tramadol worth over N500,000, one HP laptop computer, one Pup Two GSM handset, recharge cards of different networks and the sum of N200,000 naira cash including some household items.

Suspected Case Of Coronavirus In Katsina Tests Negative

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The Katsina State Ministry of Health has said the suspected case of coronavirus announced on Wednesday has been tested negative.

The State Commissioner of Health, Yakubu Danja made the disclosure during a press conference on Thursday.

He called for calm and asked residents of the state to remain informed about COVID-19 and avoid spreading unverified information especially on social media.

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He, however, appealed to the general public to maintain a high level of personal and environmental hygiene such as frequent hand washing, use of alcohol-based sanitizes, practice cough etiquette and avoid mass social gathering except where necessary.

On Wednesday, the state recorded its first suspected case of Coronavirus.

The permanent secretary in the ministry, Dr. Kabir Musptapha disclosed it at a press briefing.

He explained that the suspect who is currently in self-isolation returned from Malaysia and developed symptoms that warranted further investigations.

 

Katsina Records First Suspected Case Of Coronavirus

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The Katsina State Ministry of Health has recorded its first suspected case of Coronavirus.

The permanent secretary in the ministry, Dr. Kabir Musptapha disclosed this at a press briefing on Wednesday.

He explained that the suspect who is currently in self-isolation returned from Malaysia and developed symptoms that warranted further investigations.

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He said the patient’s blood samples have already been taken and results were expected tomorrow, adding that the contact tracing will commence as soon as results are out.

Dr. Mustapha while advising people of the host community of Dutsinma town to be cautious of movements and gatherings maintained that the ministry is taking all precautionary measures and closely working with National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on the matter.

Four Locals, 17 Bandits Killed In Katsina Village Raid

 

Four people have been killed during an attack on Gurbi village in Kankara Local Government Area (LGA) of Katsina State.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Gambo Isah, confirmed in a statement that the attack took place on Thursday afternoon.

He explained that the incident also left three other persons injured while scores of livestock were rustled after the bandits met fierce resistance by the local vigilante groups.

The four people killed included Alhaji Sanusi of Yar-Bakaje, Akilu Isuhu from Bawa Gidan Mai Ruwa, Nana Husaini of Unguwar Farin Dutse, and Muntari Sama’ila from Gidan Korau.

Isah revealed that the police got a distress call about the attack while the Commissioner of Police in Katsina, Sanusi Buba, directed the Divisional Police Officer at Kankara Division to lead operatives of Operation Puff Adder and vigilante groups to the scene.

He stated that the security personnel engaged the bandits in a shootout which led to the death of some of them while the others managed to escape with gunshots wounds.

“The team succeeded and killed 17 suspected bandits and recovered 80 cows, 108 sheep, and a donkey from the hoodlums earlier carted away from the village and other neighbouring villages,” the statement said.

According to the command’s spokesman, operatives are combing nearby bushes for the fleeing bandits in order to arrest them and recover their weapons.

Police Kill Five Crime Suspects, Arrest Five Others In Katsina

A group of police officers involved in the operation that led to the killing and arrest of the suspects.

 

 

The Katsina State Police Command has killed five suspected members of a notorious syndicate of Bandits, kidnappers, and armed robbers in Katsina State.

Members of the group were said to be terrorising Malumfashi, Faskari, Dandume, Bakori, Kankara, and Sabuwa Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Katsina and neighbouring Kano and Zamfara States.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Sanusi Buba, disclosed this to reporters on Monday at the command headquarters in Katsina.

According to him, the group was accosted along Mararabar – Kankara Road on their way to commit kidnapping and armed robbery at a location in Gwarzo LGA of Kano State.

The police also arrested five members of the group between the ages of 19 and 30, all from Katsina State.

In the course of investigation, three AK 47 rifles with four magazines loaded with 94 pieces of 7.62mm ammunition were recovered from them.

Buba said the suspects confessed to have in their possession additional two AK 47 rifles hidden at Mararabar Maigora forest.

He explained that a team of detectives stormed the forest to recover the weapons, but the bandits had set up a trap and laid an ambush for them.

The police commissioner said the team came under heavy gunfire and had a gun duel with the hoodlums.

In the spur of the moment, he said the team responded and repelled the attack while all the five suspects were killed.

“This is to serve as a warning to all unrepentant bandits that are here in Katsina, we have zero tolerance for crime.

“And we are ready to deal decisively with any criminal that attempts to test our will. All law-abiding citizens to go about their lawful duties without any fear of molestation,” he said.

Katsina Banditry: Police Kill Notorious Kidnapper, Arrest Bandits

 

Police in Katsina state have succeeded in killing a notorious kidnapper, and arresting some suspected bandits terrorising Kumare and Zakka villages of Kurfi and Safana Local Government Councils of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Gambo Isah confirmed this in a press statement on Thursday.

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“On 17/02/2020 at about 15:00hrs, Operation Puff Adder led by the DPO Kurfi in collaboration with Vigilante group swiftly responded to a distress call that

“bandits numbering eight (8) on motorbikes, armed with AK 47 rifles, shooting sporadically, attacked Kumare village, Kurfi LGA of Katsina state and kidnapped one Yahaya Tella, m, aged 55yrs of the same address.”

According to the statement, “the team moved to the scene and engaged the hoodlums in a gun duel, killing one Abubakar Nayabale, m, a notorious bandit, arrested another notorious bandit one Tanimu Salisu, m, of Zakka village, Safana LGA of Katsina state, rescued the victim and recovered two Boxer motorcycles.”

The statement, however, added that one member of the Vigilante group name withheld lost his life during the encounter, adding that an investigation is ongoing.

Insecurity: NASS, Presidency Committed To Finding Lasting Solutions, Says Lawan

A file photo of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, during plenary at the upper chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

 

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan has given an assurance that the ninth National Assembly will continue to work with President Muhammadu Buhari to find lasting solutions to the current insecurity in the country.

Lawan in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Press, Ezrel Tabiowo, stated that the Federal Government will also provide infrastructure across the country for Nigerians.

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“I want to assure you that we are going to continue to work with President Muhammadu Buhari until we are able to find lasting solutions to this problem of insecurity in our country.

“We will also ensure that government provides infrastructure across the country that makes life meaningful for Nigerians,” Lawan said.

The Senate President commiserated with the people of Katsina over the recent deadly attacks in the state by bandits.

Banditry: Buhari Condemns Killing Of 30 In Katsina

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President Muhammadu Buhari (file)

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned latest rounds of attacks and killings between bandits and residents in Damkal and Tsanwa villages in Batsari local government area of Katsina state.

Bandits on Friday evening carried out separate attacks on both villages, killing 30, mostly elderly women and children.

In a statement on Sunday, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said President Buhari stated that killing people in the name of revenge is not acceptable.

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He warned that no one has the right to take laws into their hands and if local communities catch bandits, they should be handed over to law enforcement authorities.

“No one in the country has a right to take laws into his hands by the way of self-help or revenge. Local communities that catch bandits should hand over the suspects to law enforcement authorities instead of meting out capital punishment, leading to a cycle of revenge and counter revenge.”

President Buhari urged community leaders and the local authorities to continue their efforts in partnership with law enforcement agencies that bring the surrender of bandits, leading to peace between farmers and herders.

“The authorities must be allowed to investigate and deal with any breach that occurs. There is no place for violence in a decent society,” said the President.

He prayed that God will comfort families that have lost loved ones in the attacks and repose the souls of the victims.

22 People Killed, 11 Injured In Katsina Accident

The scene of the accident in Katsina State.

 

Twenty-two people mostly women and children were killed in a car accident along Kankia-Danja Road in Kafur town, Katsina State on Saturday.

The tragic crash involved two J5 buses and 36 people.

Spokesperson of the Federal Road Safety Corps in the state, Abubakar Usman, told Channels Television that 11 people were injured in the crash, while three others escaped unhurt.

Both vehicles burst into flames after the crash and all 22 persons who lost their lives were burnt to death.

A witness, Shafi’u Suleiman, said those involved in the crash included a bride, her friends and some married women and children who were escorting her to her marital home.

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According to the witness, the bride and one of the drivers were among the survivors. This has, however, not been confirmed by the FRSC, who are still working out the full details and identities of those involved.

Usman, who is also a route commander with the FRSC, said the victims were taken to the General Hospital in Malufashi for treatment and certification and later take from their “to various places by their relatives”.

He added that those who were burnt beyond recognition were buried according to Islamic injunctions by the community and religious leaders.

Bandits Kill 30, Raze Houses In Two Katsina Villages

 

 

No fewer than 30 people have been killed by bandits during separate attacks on Tsanwa and Damkal villages in Katsina State.

The incident occurred on Friday evening in Batsari Local Government Area, police authorities in the state have confirmed.

The Commissioner of Police in Katsina, Sanusi Buba, who visited the villages spoke to reporters at one of the scenes of the attack.

He noted that those killed by the assailants were mostly elderly women and children who could not run while other villagers fled.

Buba revealed that 21 people were killed in Tsanwa village, out of which 13 were set ablaze while nine villagers were killed in Damkal.

 

Eyewitnesses told Channels Television on Saturday that the bandits stormed the villages in large number on motorcycles, armed with guns, while locals were taking the evening prayers and started shooting sporadically.

Batsari remains one of the eight front-line LGAs and danger zones in Katsina where bandits terrorise innocent citizens.

Despite the peace deal initiative of the Aminu Masari administration, kidnapping for ransom and banditry have persisted as pockets of attacks were recorded in some local government areas.

During a visit to the affected villages, the areas were deserted with most of the houses and livestock burned into ashes by the bandits.

In Tsanwa village, locals were seen making efforts to bury some of the victims in a nearby graveyard.

 

The ward head of Tsanwa, Salisu Lawal, who spoke in Hausa during an interview with Channels Television, narrated how the bandits invaded the village.

“Yesterday (Friday) when we were preparing for the Magrib prayer, we heard that bandits were attacking Dankar village.

“Unknown to us that they were also coming to this village, we saw them in large number; some of them trekking, some riding motorcycles.

“Upon their arrival, they started shooting sporadically from across all the areas in the village; they equally restricted movement of all the people in the village.”

Following the attacks, the police said they have arrested some suspects while more personnel have been deployed in the affected villages.

The killings come five months after the state governor, Aminu Masari, commenced a peace dialogue and reconciliation initiative with commanders of various bandits groups terrorising residents in the front-line LGAs.

The government had said the initiative was to restore normalcy and ensure sustainable peace in the affected communities.

Police Arrest Syndicate That Specialises In Impersonating Customs Officers

 

A notorious syndicate that specializes in deceiving unsuspecting businessmen by falsely parading themselves as custom officers have been arrested by police in Katsina state.

The spokesman of the state police command, SP Gambo Isah confirmed this saying that the state Special Anti Rubbery Squad led by a police team caught up with the syndicate.

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The syndicate was apprehended when a 47-year-old dismissed soldier simply identified as Lawal Abubakar, a resident of Hayin Gada in Dutsinma LGA of the state, in collaboration with five others, reportedly deceived one Mark Udoh of Funtua LGA of the state.

They falsely paraded themselves as officers of the Nigeria Customs Service and offered to sell six hundred (600) bags of auctioned rice to Udoh at the cost of N7.2million in which he paid the sum of N4.5million cash to the fraudsters.

“Suspects confessed to the commission of the offence and the role played by each member of the syndicate and amount received as loot,” Isah added.

Police Rescue 26 Kidnapped Victims In Katsina

 

The police have rescued 26 kidnapped victims at Dungun Mu’azu Forest in Sabuwa Local Government Area of Katsina State.

According to the police, they were kidnapped in January 2020, after over 100 bandits attacked Badna Buruku village of Chukum Local Government Area of Kaduna state.

Briefing journalists at the command headquarters on Wednesday, the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Gambo Isah, said the bandits took the victims on 50 motorcycles into a forest in Zamfara state and demanded the sum of N26 million as ransom or they kill all the victims.

“Yesterday at about 1000hours, the command succeeded in rescuing 26 kidnapped victims at Dungun Mu’azu village in Sabuwa Local Government Area of Katsina State.

“On 6th January 2020 at about 0600hours, bandits on 50 motorcycles numbering over a hundred attacked Badna Buruku village of Chukum Local Government Area of Kaduna state and kidnapped 26 persons, eighteen males and eight are females, and took them on motorcycles into a forest in Zamfara state.

“The hoodlums demanded the payment of N1 million per head from their families, totaling the sum of N26 million as ransom or they kill all the victims,” he said.

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He added that “the Command on Tuesday at about 1000 hours, succeeded in rescuing the victims at Dungun Mu’azu forest in Sabuwa local government area of Katsina state.”

The police spokesman said the victims were found wandering and they were taken to the Ibrahim Coomassie Police Hospital in the state for treatment.

He added that 18 males and eight females made up the numbers of rescued victims.

SP Isah said the command is making effort to reunite the victims with their families as an investigation is ongoing.