Police Arrest Armed Robbers In Kano

Police The Kano State Police Command has arrested 37 suspected armed robbers and recovered 39 stolen motor vehicles across Kano State.

Addressing a news conference, the state’s Police Commissioner, Mr Aderinle Shinaba, told journalists that 22 of the suspects were already charged to court while 15 of them are still undergoing investigation.

Items recovered, according to the command, include 2 AK-47 rifles with 24 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition with 2 magazines, one English pistol with 7 rounds of 7mm live ammunition, 8 locally made pistols with 17 cartridges. One pump action and Dane gun were all recovered.

The command has also raided various criminal hideouts and black spots across the state and in the process arrested 146 suspected criminals.

Exhibits such as housebreaking implements, machetes, dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp, suck and die as well as other incriminating items were recovered.

Two men were also arrested in possession of 30 stolen vehicles. They have confessed to have bought and sold stolen cars and organized car theft within Kano and environs.

While appreciating the timely information they received from the citizens of Kano State, the command has also handed over the stolen vehicles to their rightful owners.

Rebels Attack Congo Mining Hub, 15 Killed

Hundreds of rebels armed with bows and arrows and machetes attacked a military camp and the provincial governor’s office in Democratic Republic of Congo’s southern mining hub of Lubumbashi on Saturday before being repelled by soldiers, authorities said.

The attack by pro-independence Mai Mai militia fighters on the capital of the central African nation’s copper and cobalt-rich Katanga province began around 1 p.m., sending the city’s residents fleeing home.

The Mai Mai, feeding off local grievances and secessionist sentiment, in recent months have ventured outside their stronghold in northern Katanga and toward the heart of the mining industry around Lubumbashi.

“Among the 300 assailants, around 15 were killed when they tried to resist the police,” Information Minister Lambert Mende told Reuters. He said the attackers, many of whom were children who appeared to be drugged, had only around 30 firearms.

“It is inconceivable that sane people would attempt this kind of operation with only 30 weapons,” he said. “They were drugged and manipulated.”

A resident, who saw the bodies of at least five attackers killed by gunshots near the governor’s office, said the group wore traditional magical fetishes to protect themselves.

They had attempted to hoist the flag of Katanga’s short-lived 1960s-era independent republic before members of the army’s elite Republican Guard launched a counterattack.

“They came out of nowhere,” said the witness, who said he had seen around 300 gunmen. “Then they just vanished.”

Soldiers continued to occupy important locations throughout the city in the late afternoon as traffic began to circulate and calm returned to the town.

Millions have died in the vast former Belgian colony’s long-simmering armed conflicts concentrated in the eastern borderlands, but the mining areas around Lubumbashi have remained relatively calm.

The Mai Mai’s roadless wilderness stronghold in northern Katanga is known as the “triangle of death” by locals in reference to atrocities, including massacres, rape and cannibalism carried out by the rebels.

Gunmen believed to be Mai Mai fighters attacked Lubumbashi’s airport last August – the second attack on the facility in two years – killing at least one soldier as government forces repelled the offensive after several hours of fighting.

Katanga hosts many international mining companies, including Freeport McMoRan and commodities trader Glencore, and exports around half a million tons of copper each year.