13 Killed, 70 Injured In Katsina Road Accident

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.

 

 

Thirteen people have been reportedly killed and 70 others injured as a result of a road accident along Kaita-Dankama Road in Katsina State.

An eyewitness explained that a truck that conveyed the victims left Dankama town on Thursday night for Lagos State with most of the passengers from Niger Republic.

The eyewitness disclosed that other victims who sustained various degrees of injury have been taken to various hospitals in the state, they include; General Hospital Katsina, Federal Medical Centre and Amadi Rimi Orthopedic Hospital.

He also noted that 70 sheep were killed in the accident.

Meanwhile, a delegation from the Katsina State Government has been sent to attend the funeral prayers of the deceased at Dantakum Graveyard in Katsina metropolis after which, funeral prayers led by Imam Yahaya were conducted.

The delegation comprises of Commissioners of Local Governments and Chieftaincy Affairs, Ya’u Umar Gwajo-Gwajo, Sports and Social Development, Sani Aliyu Danlami, as well as Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Restoration, Sabo Musa and Head of Kaita Local Government Administration among others, offered prayers for God Almighty to forgive the deceased and for their families to bear the loss.

The Public Relations Officer of the Katsina Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Abubakar Usman told Channels Television that he is yet to get information about the incident, but promised to respond as soon as he is briefed.

Vice Principal Arrested For Impregnating 12-Year-Old Girl In Katsina

File photo of a Police patrol van.

 

The Katsina State Police Command has arrested a vice principal, Ibrahim Tukur, for raping his 12-year-old student of a community school in the state.

Briefing journalists on Wednesday, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Gambo Isah, said the suspect raped the teenager serially before impregnating her.

He explained that the young girl had been delivered of a baby from the pregnancy through a Caesarean section.

Tukur and other suspects who were paraded at the Katsina Police Command headquarters were said to have been arrested between January 9 and 14.

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“Ibrahim Tukur is a Vice Principal of a Community School in Rimi Local Government Area. He lured this young girl of about 12 years old and serially had unlawful carnal knowledge of her without the knowledge of the parents,” he said.

“He even impregnated her. Right now, this young girl has been delivered of a baby out of a caesarian section at the General Hospital.”

While calling on parents to closely monitor their children, the police spokesman said the Command would thoroughly investigate the matter to the end and prosecute the suspects.

Other suspects paraded included Auwal Hamzat and Sulaiman Abubakar who were alleged to have engaged in anal sex with three boys who were children of their neighbours.

The neighbours were said to have reported the incident to the police leading to their arrest.

Military Kill 35 Bandits, Recover Cows In Zamfara – Spokesman

File photo: The Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, John Enenche.

 

Troops of Operation Hadarin Daji have killed at least 35 bandits in Zamfara in two successive operations, the military said on Monday.

According to a statement signed by defence spokesman, Major-General John Enenche, the operations were carried out on Sunday.

The troops were also able to recover 24 cows and an unspecified number of sheep from the bandits.

Two suspected bandits have also been arrested in Katsina state, the statement added.

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“Following credible intelligence on the movement of armed bandits with rustled animals at Bungudu LGA of Zamfara State, troops of Forward Operating Base Kekuwuje yesterday 17 January 2021, responded immediately and made contact with bandits,” the statement said.

“In the course of the encounter 30 armed bandits were neutralised while 24 cows and an unspecified number of sheep were recovered.

“Similarly, still on same 17 January 21, troops deployed at Maradun received information of reprisal attack by armed bandits at Janbako village in Maradun LGA of Zamfara State.

“Troops swiftly mobilized to the area to forestall the reprisal attack. Troops were ambushed short of Janbako village where a firefight ensued. The gallant troops overwhelmed the bandits and neutralised 5 of them. Currently, troops are in pursuit of fleeing bandits.

“In another development, following a tip-off, 2 suspected bandits collaborators named Mustapha Sani and Murtala Sani were arrested at Dungun Muazu village in Sabuwa LGA of Katsina State. Suspects are in custody for further action.”

The military stressed that it was committed to the security of the nation.

“The Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies will sustain the offensive against the enemies of our Nation,” the statement said. “We shall not relent until normalcy is restored to all troubled zones of the country.”

Newlyweds, 35 Others Kidnapped By Bandits In Katsina Regain Freedom

Some of the victims released by bandits in Katsina State on January 8, 2021.

 

A new couple and 35 other people kidnapped by bandits in Katsina State have regained freedom from the captivity of their abductors.

The other victims were mostly women and children abducted from Unguwar Malamai community in Yantumaki District and Babban Duhu village in Danmusa and Safana Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.

Their release on Friday followed the return of 104 other kidnapped victims whose release was secured by the state government, in collaboration with the security agencies and the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association.

Channels Television had reported that the newlyweds were kidnaped by bandits on December 28, 2020, at Runka Community in Safana LGA.

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Farida Sani was kidnapped by bandits along with her husband at Runka Community in Safana LGA of Katsina State on December 28, 2020.

 

The new bride, Farida Sani, narrated how she was kidnapped and her 11-day experience in captivity during an interview with Channels Television.

She said, “When the bandits attacked our town about two weeks ago, they met me inside my bedroom.

“Upon their arrival, they first burgled my apartment and took me away with my husband. ”

” During our stay, they were beating my husband and his male counterparts, but they did not touch me. The place where they kept us was not a room but an open space filled with grasses,” the victim added.

Some of the children released by bandits in Katsina State on January 8, 2021.

 

The new set of returnees were received at the Government House on Friday by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Mustapha Inuwa.

In his address, Dr Inuwa urged them not to allow their experience to weigh them down but should remain prayerful.

He also urged them to continue to support the security agencies in the ongoing onslaught against the menace of banditry, kidnapping, and cattle rustling in the state.

A woman carrying her baby sits with others after they were released by bandits in Katsina State on January 8, 2021.

 

On his part, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, Ibrahim Katsina, noted that the recent development has brought the total number of kidnapped persons released to 141.

He explained that the returnees would be rehabilitated as they had gone through a lot of trauma, adding that they would be reintegrated into the society thereafter.

“Medical doctors have also been brought in to examine the health status of the victims and psychologists will also talk to them and by extension, the state government will give them some palliatives to start life in a better way,” Katsina said.

Over 100 People Kidnapped By Bandits Regain Freedom – Katsina Govt

 

No fewer than 104 people kidnapped by bandits in Katsina State have been rescued, the government said on Thursday.

The state governor, Aminu Masari, explained that the government achieved this in collaboration with the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, the Nigerian Police, the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Air Force, the Department of State Services (DSS), and other security agencies in the state.

He made the remark shortly after he received a batch of 77 rescued persons escorted to the Katsina Government House by the heavily armed security operatives.

Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, with some of the rescued abducted persons at the Katsina Government House on January 7, 2021.

 

Governor Masari noted that out of the 104 people rescued, 16 came from Sabuwa, Faskari and Dandume areas, 10 were from Danmusa, and the remaining 77 people came from Batsari and Jibia.

He stated that their rescue was in continuation of an exercise which started with the recovery of the recently abducted 344 students of the Government Science Secondary School in Ƙankara.

“We saw an opener and we are working with the leadership of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association in cooperation with the police, the army, the DSS, the air force, and other security agencies to bring back as many of the kidnapped victims as possible.

“The process is ongoing, we are doing this as quietly as we can to make sure that nobody is harmed and further kidnapping is stopped,” the governor said.

Mr Ado Umaru narrates his ordeal in the custody of bandits while he was at the Katsina Government House on January 7, 2021.

 

On his part, the Commissioner of Police in Katsina, Sanusi Buba, told reporters that one of the procedures involved in the rescue operation was that the bandits themselves testified that they wanted peace in their domain and made several appeals.

He said, “This process has been on for some days; we are making efforts to ensure that all those that are still in captivity are safely rescued without the payment of any ransom or hindrance.

“We hope and pray that this method will not only to be limited to Katsina State but will go beyond all other vulnerable states.”

One of the rescued victims, Ado Umaru, told Channels Television that he was kidnapped by bandits along with his three male children at Wagini village in Batsari Local Government Area of the state.

The 70-year-old man narrated his ordeal in the hands of his abductors, saying he and his children spent almost two weeks in captivity.

“We spent 13 days in the custody of the bandits and they only offered us raw sweet potato in the morning for breakfast and then in the evening, they give us porridge.

“At times, they beat us, and some other times, they let us be after they were advised to leave us with our predicaments,” Umaru said.

Six Bandits Killed In Katsina

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.

 

Six bandits have been killed in Katsina State, the State Police Command said on Wednesday.

In a statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer, Gambo Isah, the bandits were killed in a mop-up operation involving the police, Army, and Air Force.

The operation, he said, was conducted on January 1, adding that one G3 rifle, two AK 47 rifles, one LAR rifle, two locally-made revolver rifles and 10 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition were recovered.

“On 2/01/2021 based on a tip-off, the Command succeeded in recovering one (1) AK 47 rifle with thirty-two rounds of 7.62mm ammunition at Pauwa Bushland, Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State,” he said.

“In the same vein, on 3/01/2021 at about 03:00hrs, armed robbers attacked the residence of a household at Mahuta village, Kafur LGA of Katsina state but the man courageously overpowered the hoodlums and snatched away one fabricated pistol with two rounds of ammunition from the robbers. An investigation is ongoing.”

This comes a week after 23 kidnapped victims were rescued by the police in collaboration with other security agencies at Lambo village in Wurma Ward of Kurfi Local Government Area of the state.

While trying to foil the kidnap attempt by armed bandits numbering over 30, the police also gunned down six of the criminals, recovered 74 rustled domestic animals along with 12 motorcycles from the fleeing bandits.

19 Killed, Nine Injured In Kaduna Attacks

A combination of photos from the scene of the incident.

 

No fewer than 19 people have been killed in fresh and reprisal attacks in Giwa Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State.

The killings and counter-killings occurred at Kaya community which shares a boundary with Hayin Kaura village in Dandume LGA of Katsina State.

Mr Samuel Aruwan, who is the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs in Kaduna, confirmed the killings in a statement on Sunday.

He disclosed that gunmen, numbering about 50 and armed with AK-47 rifles, stormed Kaya town at about 6:30pm on Saturday and began shooting sporadically.

According to security reports, the violence began on Friday last week when bandits attacked Kaya town and kidnapped some locals, including two married women.

But the bandits were fiercely pursued by a combined team of volunteers from Kaya and Hayin Kaura, in keeping with their practice of supporting security efforts in their respective communities.

A vehicle is set on fire by the attackers on January 2, 2020.

 

In the course of the confrontation, the bandits kidnapped and killed one Shamsu Umar, a leader of the Kaya volunteers whose remains were later found on Saturday after a search operation in the forest.

On the same day, according to the commissioner, unidentified persons came across some herders and in apparent retaliation for the death of Umar, killed four of them while 11 more people were killed during the attack and reprisals.

Three unidentified corpses said to be drivers in transit from Funtua, Katsina State were also recovered, while nine persons sustained bullet wounds and were taken to the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH) in Zaria.

A burnt car is seen at the community attacked by gunmen on January 2, 2020.

 

Aruwan disclosed that several shops, five vehicles, and some motorcycles were also burnt by the attackers.

He noted that troops of the Nigerian Army and police personnel were quickly deployed to the location, along with an air platform of the Nigerian Air Force.

In his reaction, Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, who was involved in coordinating responses to the attack on Saturday night, condoled with the families that lost their loved ones and prayed for the repose of their souls.

He appealed earnestly for recourse to the law as the main solution to the violence, killings, and counter-killings by aggrieved individuals and groups.

The governor who was worried about the incident asked the security agencies to carry out extensive investigations into the circumstances the led to the killings.

1,503 Suspects Arrested, 1,024 Crime Cases Reported In Katsina – Police

A photo released by police authorities in Katsina State on December 31, 2020, shows some suspects paraded with their guns at the Command Headquarters in the state capital.

 

The police have arrested at least 1,503 suspected criminals in connection with 1,024 cases in Katsina State.

These figures, according to the authorities, represent the overall summary of the achievements recorded so far by the State Police Command within the year which ends on Thursday.

At a press briefing held at the Command Headquarters, the Commissioner of Police in Katsina, Sanusi Buba, noted that 1,116 suspects were being prosecuted in various courts in the state.

He revealed that 267 suspected armed robbers were arrested and charged to court, while 304 suspected kidnappers were also arrested and charged to court.

The police commissioner added that 393 kidnapped victims were rescued from hoodlums and 29 bandits were neutralised in a series of gun battles with the police within the year under review.

He stated that the police arrested 526 suspected cattle rustlers, and 1,366 cows, 1,211 sheep, 271 goats, and four donkeys were recovered from hoodlums.

Similarly, 287 suspects who were arrested in connection with 236 reported cases of rape have already been charged to court.

Buba said, “47 victims of human trafficking were rescued in six reported cases of human trafficking which were transferred to NAPTIP office in Kano; 18 stolen motor vehicles were also recovered during the period.

“Stolen motorcycles and bandits-owned motorcycles were recovered. 24 AK 47 rifles were recovered, 10 locally made pistols, 20 locally made guns, 600 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition, one LAR rifle, one assault rifle, one double barrel, were also recovered.”

The police commissioner acknowledged the effort of the Nigerian Air Force, the Department of State Services (DSS), Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), and other security agencies in the onslaught against banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling, armed robbery, human trafficking, and rape, among other crimes in the state.

He assured the people of Katsina that the command would sustain and improve the security situation in the state.

“We need credible information on the activities of bandits and the suppliers of fuel, motorbikes, food, and other logistics that facilitate crime and criminality,” Buba said.

Masari Upgrades Mashigi Dam To Boost Irrigation Farming In Katsina

A cross-section of the Mashigi Dam in Katsina.
A cross-section of the Mashigi Dam in Katsina.

 

Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State has assured people of Malumfashi and Ƙanƙara Local Government Areas of the state of adequate and portable drinking water supply to boost irrigation farming.

The governor made the assurance on Wednesday at Mashigi Dam Site in Malumfashi Local Government Area, after he inspected the completed rehabilitation project at the dam, a project out to generate roughly 9 to 10 million cubic meters per day.

The project is one of the rehabilitation projects awarded by the governor since 2016.

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The state government is also looking at the possibility of acquiring additional water treatment plant that will double the capacity of the existing water volume.

“We are studying two things, one we increase the supply in Malumfashi LGA and see the possibility where we take the water to Ƙankara or Ƙankara can be sourced from another sources and we believe that before the end of 2021 work will start,” Masari said.

“Now we have positioned a design capacity of the treatment plant which is 4.5 million litres per day and that we intend to double it so that we have roughly about 9 million litres per day. We are looking at roughly about 10 million litres per day for Malumfashi and see the possibility of accommodating Ƙankara.”

According to the governor, Malumfashi, before the inception of the current state administration in 2015 been, was without water for more than three years.

Police Kill Six Bandits, Rescue 23 Victims In Katsina

 

A file photo of policemen.

 

The Katsina State Police Command has killed six bandits and rescued 23 victims at Lambo village in Wurma Ward of Kurfi Local Government Area of the state.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Police Public Relations Officer, Gambo Isah confirmed this in a statement on Tuesday.

Isah who said the rescued victims consist of 17 women and six children, noted that the police also gunned down six of the bandits, recovered 74 rustled animals along with 12 motorcycles.

“Search parties are still combing the area with a view to arrest more suspected bandits and/or recover their dead bodies, investigation is ongoing,” he said.

“The command has received additional units of mobile police personnel and brand new vehicles to fight banditry in Katsina including many armoured personnel carriers. More are still coming.”

The police spokesman said the bandits attacked the village on December 29, adding that they shot sporadically with AK-47 rifles, killed two persons, and kidnapped their victims.

However, combined personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigerian Army, and the Nigerian Air Force were alerted and they blocked all their possible escape routes.

Bandits Kill Lawmaker’s Uncle, Abduct Newlyweds In Katsina

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

 

Bandits have killed one person and abducted a newly wedded couple at Runka community in Safana Local Government Area of Katsina State.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Gambo Isah, confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Monday.

Isah, however, stated that he was making efforts to contact the Divisional Police Officer in the local government for more details.

A resident of Runka also told Channels Television that the community was attacked by the armed men in the early hours of Monday.

The victim, according to the resident, was simply identified as Sama’ila Super, an uncle to the lawmaker representing Safana Constituency in the Katsina State House of Assembly.

Super, who was reported to have been killed after he resisted attempts by the bandits to kidnap him, was buried hours after the incident.

The resident decried that a similar attack was carried out on Sunday where some scores of villagers were abducted at Babban Duhu Community.

He noted that many locals were wounded during the incident and were taken to a hospital for medical treatment.

Police Arrest 13 Suspected Armed Robbers, Others In Katsina

Crime suspects paraded at the Katsina State Police Command on December 24, 2020.

 

The police have arrested 13 suspected armed robbers terrorising residents of the Government Residential Area (GRA) in Katsina.

They were arrested during a raid on their hideout based on credible intelligence and were said to have taken part in a series of robbery attacks in Katsina State.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Gambo Isah, disclosed this to reporters on Thursday at the command headquarters in Katsina.

He noted that the suspects have been scaling through fences of several houses, especially in the GRA, and had so far stolen three different cars – two of which have been recovered by the police.

A car recovered from the suspects is parked at the Katsina State Police Command on December 24, 2020.

 

According to Isah, one Muhammad Garba conspired with one Sirajo Mai-Akuya – who is at large – to steal a Toyota Corolla car with registration number BS 428 KW.

He explained that the suspects were on their way to Kano State with the stolen vehicle when a man who knew the owner of the car saw them and followed them up.

The command spokesman said the man traced the suspects to a place in Bichi Local Government Area of Kano where he raised an alarm, a development that led to the arrest of the two occupants of the car.

The Toyota Corolla car recovered from the suspects is parked at the Katsina State Police Command on December 24, 2020.

 

He added that elsewhere, the police arrested two notorious Indian hemp dealers in Katsina on November 12.

Hayatu Rabi’u and Salahuddin Salisu were arrested with 51 carefully sealed loaves of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp.

Isah noted that all the suspects confessed that they committed the crime during investigations and the police would take the appropriate actions thereafter.

Wrapped items suspected to be Indian hemp are seized by the police in Katsina State.