Gunmen Invade Katsina Village, Cart Away Dozens Of Cattle

 

Unknown gunmen suspected to be bandits have reportedly invaded Kadobe village of Daddara town in Jibiya Local Government Area of Katsina state, carting away dozens of cattle along with 128 goats.

The state police command confirmed the incidence in a press statement through its spokesman, Alhaji Gambo Isah saying that with regards to the issue the command received a distress call last night at about 05:51hrs.

According to the statement, joint patrol teams consisting Operations Puff Adder and Sharan Daji were mobilised to the scene and gave the bandits a hot chase and blocked all possible exits routes.

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“In the spur of the moment the teams engaged the hoodlums in a gun duel and succeeded in dislodging them”.

The statement further added that “the teams recovered ninety nine (99) cows, one hundred and twenty eight (128) sheep and one donkey,” the statement partly read.

As investigation is ongoing with a view to trace and arrest the unrepentant bandits, the rustled animals were finally returned and handed over to the owner, one Tasi’u Hamisu.

Katsina Banditry: UNICEF Pledges Support For Women And Children

 

The United Nations Children’s Fund has pledged to collaborate with the Katsina state government to provide technical and financial support to ensure that the lives of children and women affected by the recent banditry activities are improved.

This is according to Mr Rabiu Musa, UNICEF’s Communication Specialist in Kano.

Mr Musa says the initiative will enable the victims to go back to their normal lives especially children of school age, with those of  childbearing age and pregnant women not left out.

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Musa disclosed this to Channels Television after a team of UNICEF specialists held a stakeholders meeting in Katsina state.

He said the meeting was in response to a meeting held earlier with the state government on expanded collaboration between the UNICEF and the state government to address some of the key issues emanated as an outcome of the banditry activities in some parts of the state.

He maintains that the UNICEF will soon be moving to the field to discuss and interact with communities and people affected after taking the assessment from senior stakeholders at the meeting.

Daura Torture House: 67 Minors, Teenagers, Others Found In Chains – Police

 

 

The police have condemned the activities of operators of an illegal Islamic centre discovered in Daura, Katsina State.

This comes hours after security operatives bust what could be described as a torture house where minors, teenagers and adults were subjected to inhumane treatment in the Sabon Garin Daura area of Katsina North Local Government Area of the state.

The incident also comes barely three weeks after the police uncovered a similar illegal centre in Rigasa, an agrarian community in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

About 300 children and adults from various parts of the country and neighbouring countries were rescued.


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A photo combination of some victims rescued from an illegal Islamic centre in Daura, Katsina State.

 

 

Operatives stormed the purported remand home in Katsina on Saturday last week, an operation which led to the freedom of the victims while arrests were made.

The centre is being operated by one 78-year-old Bello Umar of Sabon Garin Daura in Daura LGA of the state.

However, news of the operation went viral on Monday afternoon while the spokesman for the Katsina State Police Command, Mr Gambo Isah, confirmed that minors and teenagers were among those rescued.

“In the course of the investigation, sixty-seven persons from the ages of 7 to 40 years were found shackled with chains.

“Victims were also found to have been subjected to various inhuman and degrading treatments,” Isha said in a statement.

The command warned parents to desist from taking their children to illegal, unauthorised or unapproved rehabilitation centres otherwise known as “Makarantar Mallam Mai – Mari”.

It, however, urged parents to take their recalcitrant children to only government-recognised and approved rehabilitation facilities of centres provided by the government itself.

According to the statement, the victims have already been evacuated to hospital for treatment while efforts are ongoing to reunite them with their respective families.

Bandits Release 15 Kidnapped Victims After Negotiation With State Govt

The freed victims of abduction with Katsina State Governor Aminu Masari and other officials.

 

Some victims of abduction were released on Sunday by bandits operating in Jibia local government area of Katsina State.

The victims – 15, were mostly women and children and were in captivity for 44 days before the state government intervened by negotiating with their abductors.

One of the victims was rescued alongside her baby girl which was delivered while in custody of the bandits.

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Kasina State governor Aminu Masari while receiving them at the government office, said the next level of the dialogue with the bandits would be disarmament of the repentant bandits.

According to the governor, this will be achieved in collaboration with the governors of Zamfara State and Maradi in Niger Republic.

The freed victims commended the governor’s peace dialogue initiative with bandits.

31 Victims Trafficked From Zamfara, Katsina Return Home

Some of the returnees…

 

No fewer than 31 persons trafficked mostly from Katsina and Zamfara states, through Benin Republic, and taken to Burkina Faso, have safely been returned home.

Out of the 31 victims, the return of seven was facilitated by the Nigerian embassy in Burkina Faso while the Katsina State Government assisted the return of the remaining 24.

While receiving the returnees at his residence, Governor Aminu Masari told journalists that the state government had cut down bureaucratic processes to the lowest level to facilitate their safe return at little cost.

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“According to him (one of the victims), six of them that had money on them decided to come back on their own. So whether they are back or not, we don’t know because we don’t know their names.

“We will find out from them if they know their names and their identities. We will find out whether they are back or they are not back,” he said.

The governor promised to continue to liaise with foreign missions and ensure the return of all trafficked Nigerians.

Katsina Records 36 Cases Of Yellow Fever

A woman being vaccinated against yellow fever in Katsina State on September 28, 2019.

 

At least 36 cases of Yellow Fever have been reported in Danmusa and Kankara Local Government Areas of Katsina State.

The Permanent Secretary at the State Ministry of Health, Dr Kabir Mustapha stated this at the flag off ceremony of a preventive mass vaccination campaign in the state capital.

He revealed that more than seven million people representing 87% of the state’s population are to be vaccinated against the disease following its outbreak in the two LGAs.

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“What is most important for people to take home is that yellow fever is a real dreadful disease, and we lucky that through yellow fever vaccination, we are able to avert it.

“Yellow fever is a disease of public health interest. Internationally, wherever you have yellow fever, the focus of the world turns to that community or country to be able to tackle it.

“Luckily we have seven million of that vaccine currently going to be given out for free in the state. And we have made all the logistics arrangement to ensure that is done,” he said.

He also called on traditional and religious leaders to sensitize members of their communities on the best ways to guard against outbreak of diseases.

Two Border Armed Robbers Arrested In Katsina

 

The Katsina command of the Nigeria Immigration Service has arrested two suspected Nigerien Border Armed Robbers while trying to evade clearance from officers of the command operating along the Farin Gida patrol check point in the state.

The comptroller of the command, Yakubu Bin_Umar in a press briefing told reporters that the suspects were arrested by the diligent officers in chatge of the checkpoint which as a result one of them shot on the leg.

He attributed the success recorded to the ongoing Border Drill Operation, adding that the suspects will soon be handed over to the police after profiling for further investigation, interrogation and prosecution.

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The comptroller further stated that items recovered from the suspects include: one pistol with an empty magazine, two laptops, five Android phones, one motorcycle, local charms and other materials used to carry out burglary and associated crimes.

He therefore called on the general public especially those living along the border communities to continue to cooperate and share information with the security operatives whenever they noticed any suspicious movement about criminals.

VIDEO: Speaker Gbajabiamila Teaches Secondary School Students In Katsina

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Monday, taught students of Government Pilot Senior Secondary School, Kofa Sauri, Katsina State.

The Speaker taught the pupils on the dangers of drug abuse.

This is part of his voluntary teaching exercise, which earlier commenced in his Surulere 1 Federal Constituency of Lagos State in 2017 when he was House Leader.

Gbajabiamila had earlier on Monday visited Katsina State to access the level of insecurity with a view to finding lasting solutions.

He also met with the State Governor, Aminu Masari, and visited some Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at their camps.

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Speaker Gbajabiamila Set To Teach Secondary School Students In Katsina

Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila on arrival at Katsina State on Monday, September 16, 2019.

 

Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila is currently on a visit to Katsina State and is expected to teach secondary school pupils in the state.

As part of his voluntary teaching exercise, the Speaker will visit the Government Pilot Senior Secondary School, Kofar Sauri, in the state where he is expected to teach.

The Speaker on arrival at the Umaru Musa Yar’adua International Airport on Monday morning was received by some members of the State House of Assembly including the Speaker Tasi’u Maigari and his deputy, Dalhatu Tafoki.

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The Speaker started his voluntary teaching exercise in his Surulere 1 Federal Constituency of Lagos State in 2017 when he was House Leader.

He is also expected to meet the Katsina State Governor Aminu Masari, and visit some Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at their camps.

The Speaker had earlier in July visited IDPs in Zamfara and Borno States.

Banditry: Masari Takes Peace Engagement To Niger Republic

Governor Masari

 

In his continued quest for a lasting end to the oft recurring deadly banditry that has turned some parts of Katsina State into a slaughter house of sorts, Governor Aminu Bello Masari has engaged his counterpart in the Prefecture of Maradi, in the neighbouring Niger Republic, Alhaji Zakari Umaru.

Governor Masari, whose delegation included Secretary to the Government of the state, Dr. Mustafa Mohammed Inuwa, led three fellow Nigerian Governors in the persons of Muhammadu Bello Matawallin Maradu, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and Senator Atiku Bagudu of Zamfara, Sokoto and Kebbi states, respectively.

At the meeting issues of cross border banditry and other forms of criminality were addressed.

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This is coming in tandem with Masari’s ongoing reconciliation overtures with ‘commanders’ of the various disparate camps of the bandits who have turned eight of the 34 local government areas in the state their regular deadly assault targets. These assaults often result in multiple deaths and destruction of properties running into millions in worth.

These target local government areas are Dandume, Sabuwa, Faskari, Kankara, Danmusa, Safana, Batsari and Jibiya, all contagious to expansively famous Rugu forest.

Buoyed by the obvious success of the ongoing rapprochement with the local bandits, Governor Masari expressed confidence that the Maradi security talks would be no less successful, reinforcing the huge stride made in that respect in Katsina State.

The Prefecture of Maradi, which provides the window through which smuggled arms, ammunition, foreign insurgents and bandits often sneak into Nigeria, is border to the four North West states of Nigeria.

Bandits Attacks: Masari Visits Eight Affected LGAs In Katsina

Governor Masari

 

Governor Aminu Masari has visited eight Local Government Areas in Katsina, which were affected by the activities of banditry, kidnapping and cattle rustling in the state.

Upon arrival in Sabuwa LGA, one of the affected LGAs, the governor had an interactive session with leaders and parents of the suspected bandits terrorising innocent citizens across not only the visiting LGA but also Dandume and Faskari LGAs of the state.

He restated his commitment to render assistance to the Fulani people living in the Forest area so far they embrace dialogue for peace and leave peacefully with one another in their respective territories.

The visit according to the governor was aimed at calling the attention of suspected Fulani bandits to respect the amnesty granted to them by the state government.

Governor Masari had on August 29, 2019, summoned Fulani community leaders along with their village and district heads drawn from the nine security front line LGAs in the state for dialogue which translated to this visit.

The governor said he is determined to deploy all means aimed at restoring peace in the state as the amnesty agreement he signed with the repentant cattle rustlers, bandits and kidnappers had not yielded a fruitful result.

Bandits Attack Katsina Community

 

Suspected bandits on Monday attacked Tashar Kadanya village in Batsari LGA of Katsina state.

Confirming the incidence in a statement, the state police command through its Police Public Relations Officer, SP Gambo Isah said that the DPO of the affected LGA led Operation Puff Adder to the scene and arrived timely.

He explained that the police officers had engaged the hoodlums in a gun duel and chased them out of the village which in effect, ten rustled cattle were recovered from the bandits and that no injury or loss of life recorded.

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Isah added that the community is now safe and patrols around other villages are vigorously intensified to prevent further attacks

“Today 2/09/2019 at about 03:00hrs, bandits in their numbers attacked Tashar Kadanya village, Batsari LGA of Katsina state, DPO Batsari led Operation Puff Adder to the scene and arrived timely.

“They engaged the hoodlums in a gun duel and chased them out of the village. Ten rustled cows were recovered from the bandits. No injury or loss of life.

“The community is safe. Patrols around other villages is vigorously intensified to pro actively prevent any untoward situation”.