Police in Katsina State have arrested two nurses for their alleged involvement in the trafficking of a newborn baby.
The suspects were paraded by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Gambo Isah, on Monday at the Katsina State Police Command headquarters in the state capital.
He revealed that the nurses – identified as Misira Tijjani and Grace Ejigu – were arrested on Tuesday last week based on a tip-off.
According to Isah, the suspects conspired and sold the child to one Eucharia Onyema, 45, a resident of Sabuwar Kasuwa quarters in Katsina.
He explained that a 25-year-old woman, Shamsiyya Sani, was delivered of a baby at a clinic in Kofar Kaura on July 25.
The mother was, however, said to have abandoned the child at the medical facility with a handwritten note that she was born out of wedlock.
“Nemesis caught up with them when they were arrested on their way from the hospital to their houses with the child through the help of a Keke NAPEP rider who suspected them of stealing of the child. Investigation is ongoing,” the command spokesman said.
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“On July 25th 2020 at about 10:00hrs, one Shamsiyya Sani, aged 25 years of Dandagoro quarters, Katsina was delivered of a baby girl at Okomos Clinic, Kofar Kaura, Katsina.
“She later abandoned the child at the hospital with a handwritten note stating that she was born out of wedlock hence the abandonment.
“Nemesis caught up with them when they were arrested on their way from the hospital to their houses with the child through the help of a Keke Napep rider who suspected them of stealing of the child. An investigation is ongoing,” he said.
The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has explained the rationale behind the tradition of having lunch with frontline troops during festivities.
He revealed that this was borne out of the need to strengthen the bond of comradeship, foster esprit-de-corps, and create a more relaxed atmosphere for troops to unwind while remaining geared up to face the tasks ahead.
Abubakar gave the explanation on Saturday at the luncheon organised by the Nigerian Air Force to celebrate the Eid-El-Kabir with frontline troops in Katsina State.
He noted that the luncheons also served as avenues to celebrate and appreciate the hard work, dedication, resilience, and patriotism of the personnel, as well as convey his support for the smooth and timely execution of their assigned missions.
The air force boss remembered the sacrifices of all those who had paid the supreme price in service to the nation.
He prayed that God would grant their families comfort, giving an assurance that the Force would continue to acknowledge their efforts with gestures like the Group Life Insurance and other incentives.
“For the serving gallant personnel that you are, we will continue to provide necessary tools to enhance your precise and effective prosecution of operations such as infrastructure, modern equipment, communication, vehicles, personal protective equipment, and so on,” Abubakar promised.
He, therefore, asked the personnel of the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji not to relent in their efforts but to press on until acts of banditry, kidnapping, and other forms of criminality were brought to an end.
The air force chief urged them to maintain control of the operational space and exploit every intelligence resource.
He said, “We must continue to remain focused by maintaining the highest level of vigilance and combat readiness that the NAF is known for in order to rid our communities of criminal elements.”
The Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, who was the guest of honour at the luncheon, commended the NAF personnel for their substantial sacrifices in the fight against armed banditry.
As part of measures to secure the lives and properties of residents, he revealed that the government has initiated an action to amend extant laws with a view to enhancing the authority of village heads and local authorities to bring real governance and policing closer to the people.
The governor noted that this would complement ongoing efforts to emplace a robust community policing structure while addressing the gross deficit in the number of police personnel available at local levels which he said was in the range of an average of about 30 policemen to about 100 villages.
He stressed that if such actions were not taken and even if the bandits were wiped out by the military, another generation of criminal elements would quickly take their place in the absence of governance and adequate policing.
Governor Masari assured the air force that his government would continue to support all its operations and other security agencies to ensure the peace and security of the people of the state.
The Katsina State Police Command has arrested a human trafficking syndicate comprising of six females and four males along with their driver.
The suspects were arrested on July 25 by a Joint Border patrol Team attached to Mai’adua Division, the syndicate was said to be on a transit to Libya.
In a press briefing held at the Command Headquarters, Katsina the Police Public Relations Officer, Gambo Isah announced that members of the syndicate who are mostly indigenes of Ogun, Oyo, Delta, Ekiti and Osun states were intercepted in a motor vehicle driven by one Alkasim Ibrahim of Zango LGA of Katsina state.
Meanwhile, the command had succeeded in killing three bandits and recovered one AK-47 rifle, six motorcycles, 17 cows and 40 sheep in Dutsinma Local Government Area of katsina state.
A fire has gutted the office complex of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) in Katsina State.
The incident occurred on Monday afternoon at the office complex which is located directly opposite, Muhammadu Dikko Stadium.
An eyewitness account told Channels Television via telephone that he saw men of the state fire service busy battling to extinguish the fire but one of the security guards on duty debunked the statement off camera.
He said “Indeed there was fire outbreak but it was not as it’s being exaggerated on the social media spaces.
“What Happened was not true. During the incident, electric light was not there neither the generating set operating.
“It was only our inverter room that was totally gutted by the fire. Thank God, the fire outbreak was extinguished by men of the state fire service who came with three vehicles, and within a short time it was over.”
Meanwhile, efforts to access the room where the incident happened proved abortive as the facility was totally locked by the officials.
Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have abducted a policewoman, her daughter, and four other persons at Bagado Village near Patrick Yakowa way in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna state.
Although police authorities are yet to confirm the incident, eyewitnesses say the incident happened in the late hours of Saturday night, when the bandits stormed the community and started breaking into people’s houses shooting sporadically into the air.
The Katsina State Governor Aminu Masari has asked residents especially those living in the front line communities to always remain vigilant and inculcate the habit of raising an alarm over suspicious characters or movement of bandits terrorising innocent citizens of the state.
According to Masari, the military or the police cannot win the banditry fight alone, as they don’t have the numbers, neither all the equipment required.
“But with the support of government and residents, there is a better chance of stamping our crime in the state,” he said.
The governor further warned residents to desist from misinforming the security agencies about the movements of the bandits and also informing the bandits about the movements of security agencies and informing kidnappers or rapists about potential target.
He gave the warnings on Sunday at the newly established Katsina People’s Square at a special party meeting aimed at briefing members of the party on the events that have led to the resolution of the central working committee of the party.
He said the directives given by the party that all litigations, and court cases should be withdrawn within 14 days is to give the interim management committee an opportunity to fill in vacancies of those that lost their offices due to the resolution.
Governor Masari, therefore, called for unity among the party members, reminding them of the role expected from every member of the with regards to the issue of security.
“security is very important, and should not be left only in the hands of security agencies,” he said.
“We are all involved because we are victims of banditry, kidnapping, rape and other criminalities in the state. All should be vigilant especially those of you living in the rural communities”.
The five children who lost their lives in a bomb explosion in Katsina State picked a military grenade and were fiddling with it.
This is according to an investigation conducted by the police into the incident which occurred on Saturday at Yammama, a village in Malumfashi Local Government Area of the state.
The Public Relations Officer of the Katsina State Police Command, Gambo Isah, disclosed the outcome of the investigation in a statement sent to Channels Television.
He noted that the investigation was conducted by detectives from the police Explosive Ordinance Department (EOD) and the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
‘Children Of One Person’
Earlier, residents told Channels Television that six people were feared killed in the incident with five others severely injured.
The police, however, put the death figure at five, adding that six others were wounded.
Confirming the incident in an earlier statement, Isah explained that the Division Police Officer in Malumfashi reported that a loud sound was heard from the farm of one Alhaji Hussaini Mai Kwai at about 11:30am.
He said the police officer swiftly led operatives of the Operation Puff Adder to the scene to ascertain the situation there.
The command’s spokesman confirmed that the five deceased victims were all “young children of one person, by name Alhaji Adamu of Yammawa village, Malumfashi LGA of Katsina state.”
He added that all 11 children were at the farm to cut grasses for animals’ feed while the injured victims were immediately evacuated to the General Hospital in Malumfashi for treatment.
Isah said the scene of the incident has since been preserved by the police.
“On receipt of the information, the DPO led Operation Puff Adder to the scene where there was a suspected case of bomb explosion which killed five young children of one person, by name Alhaji Adamu of Yammawa village, Malumfashi LGA of Katsina state.”
The police added that all eleven children were at the farm to cut grasses for animals’ feed.
“The injured children have been evacuated to Malumfashi General Hospital for treatment,” the police said. “The scene has been preserved while detectives from EOD and CID are presently conducting their investigations.”
“The team succeeded and dislodged the bandits, rescued all the kidnapped fourteen women, thirty (30) cows, sixty (60) sheep, and arrested one of the bandits later identified as Amadu Yusuf, M, aged 30yrs of Tudu village, Dutsinma LGA of Katsina state. An investigation is ongoing”.
“One suspected stolen motorcycle was also recovered which was abandoned by the bandits. Similarly on the same date at about 0:30hrs, bandits attacked Zamfarawa village, Batsari LGA, and rustled animals.
“DPO Batsari led Operation Puff Adder, chased and engaged the hoodlums into a gun duel. The bandits abandoned the animals and escaped into the forest. The team recovered all the rustled twelve cows and handed them over to their owners. Investigation is ongoing,” he said.
The bandits, numbering about 40, were said to have ridden on motorcycles, armed with AK 47 rifles before attacking the village.
During the incident, they kidnapped 14 women including children, and rustled large number of domestic animals.