Hard Drugs Worth 13bn Naira Destroyed In Kano

NDLEAThe Kano State government on Wednesday led the destruction of hard, fake and counterfeit drugs worth 31.8 billion Naira arrested by the Kano state police command.

Destroying the drugs, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje said he had directed the State Chief Judge and Grand Kadi to ensure that suspected drug dealers and addicts were prosecuted without fear or favour and in accordance with the law.

Kano State is still on the top list of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, as a sate with the highest drug consuming record in Nigeria.

The State Governor, the State Police Commissioner and members of the State Executive Council set ablaze about 8,974 cartons of hard drugs comprising cocaine, Indian hemp, and other intoxicating substances seized by the police at various occasions across Kano State.

“Kano will not continue to be a dumping ground for drug dealers and addicts. Aggressive measures are being put in place to sweep Kano and to apprehend all drug dealers and addicts,” Governor Ganduje stressed.

Mr Ganduje also urged youths to desist from dealing in drugs and key into government various empowerment programme, as there would be no hiding place for drugs dealers and addicts in the commercial city of Kano.

He further said that his government had already empowered the State Reformatory Institute to rehabilitate drug addicts and integrate them back into the society.

According to him, training in different skills and startup capital would also be given to the rehabilitated addicts.

Briefing the Governor on the command’s activities in recent times, the State Police Commissioner, Musa Katsina, said the drugs seized comprise of 2,818 bags of Indian hemp, 11,399 compressed wraps of Spiro gyrations as well as different brand of other intoxicating substances.

The commissioner also told reporters that so far, 361 suspects were arrested and that 211 of them were charged and remanded in prison.

Although Kano State Government in collaboration with other law enforcement agencies are still coming to terms with the increasing cases of illicit drug trading  and abuse.

Efforts are, however, still required to remove Kano state from the NILE list which rank Kano number one state in drug trading and consumption in Nigeria.

Kano Police Parades Suspects, Recovers Items Worth 5bn Naira

land grabbers-policeKano State Police Command has seized drugs worth five billion Naira and recovered 10,000 unregistered intoxicating drugs. 

Items recovered from the suspects include; 532 parcels of Indian hemp valued at 2.5 million Naira, large quantity of cocaine to be sold at over 2.2 billion Naira, rifles of different caliber, 250 stolen rice, cars and motorcycles

Presenting the items to the state Governor, the Commissioner of Police, Musa Katsina, said that 45 suspects with arms were arrested, while 13 people caught with fake passport were apprehended.

According to the state Police Commissioner, having cleared Falgore Forest off the cattle rustlers, it now became necessary to put Kano among the least drug consuming state in Nigeria.

Receiving the exhibits from the Police, the state Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, expressed his government’s interest over the cases related to drug abuse, armed robbery and cattle rustling.

The Governor explained that the state government will not seat back while courts releases convicted criminals only to go back to their crimes.

Meanwhile, 12 youths from Edo State who were arrested with fake passport travelling to Libya, told the governor that they decided to leave Nigeria due to unemployment.

He requested that the State Chief Security Officer should temper justice with mercy and return them to their state.

In the meantime, the Police said it will hand the suspects over to relevant authorities for necessary prosecution while they continue their unsought against criminals in the state.

Cattle Rustlers Surrender Arms In Kano

Cattle-Rustling-KAnoOver 30 cattle rustlers in Kano State have surrendered their weapons to abandon cattle rustling and other armed robbery activities in the state.

This was in response to Governor Ganduje’s earlier offer of amnesty to cattle rustlers in the state who have decided to stop.

While receiving the repentant rustlers at Gomo village in Sumaila Local Government, Governor Ganduje said that his administration would forward a bill to the Kano State House of Assembly that will seek to address the problem of cattle rustling in Kano.

Governor Ganduje explained that the State Government was already winning the war against cattle rustling and other criminal activities.

He promised to provide the rustlers with the necessary skills that will make them more relevant in the society.

The Kano State Police Commissioner, Musa Katsina, while handing over the repentant cattle rustlers, told the Governor that what was left of the cattle rustling were mop-up operations.

He also disclosed that various weapons were submitted by the cattle thieves.

Kano Govt. Sets Up Amnesty Committee To Curb Cattle Rustling

Cattle-RustlingKano State Government has formed an amnesty committee for cattle rustlers who may wish to lay down their arms to stop cattle rustling and other criminal activates in the state.

While receiving cattle and other domestic animals recovered by the police in Kano, Governor Ganduje urged rustlers to surrender their weapons before it becomes too late.

According to Channels Television’s correspondent in the state, 71 suspects were arrested, while 21 weapons of different caliber were recovered from the miscreants.

While disclosing the success achieved in the fight against cattle rustlers in the state, the Governor said that “The days of cattle rustlers in Kano State are numbered”.

Mr. Ganduje also revealed that under the cattle rustling amnesty, the rustlers will be trained and empowered by the state government on any business suitable for their skills.

He went further to say that three Local Government Areas, which were worst hit by rustlers, have since been liberated while a joint military and police, ‘Operation Puff Adder’, is currently going on at the notorious Falgore Forest to fetch out fleeing rustlers who pose a threat to the growth and survival of rural economy in the state.

The State Commissioner of Police, Musa Katsina, while handing over the cattle, told the Governor that the recent encounter had led to the recovery of 519 cows, 11 camels, 134 Sheep and a large quantity of drugs valued at over 61 million Naira.

The Commissioner assured the Governor that his command will not allow Kano to continue to be a haven for cattle rustlers and other criminal activities.

More Deaths Recorded In Kano Blast

KanoThe death toll from Wednesday’s GSM market bomb blast in Kano has risen to 19 while over 100 others were injured as a result of stampede after the blast.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), confirmed this while distributing medical consumables to the CMDs of various hospitals in Kano.

Channels Television correspondent in Kano, Idris Jibrin, also reports that more people have been seen receiving treatment in various hospitals within the state.

According to hospital officials, some of the victims brought to hospitals in the state had been treated and discharged. Some underwent surgical operations while few others were still being treated.

As some have remained in coma despite successful surgeries, many of the victims receiving treatment could not recount exactly how the incident happened.

Meanwhile, the Kano State Government has issued an order of free medical treatment for the victims of the blast.

Governor Ganduje, during an assessment visit to hospitals across the state, said that Government would not be discouraged in fighting the scourge of insurgency as he promised to redesign the market and make it safer to operate.

The Governor said that government would do all it could to ensure that the victims are treated with respect, including paying compensation to those who lost their lives and property.

He said that no amount of pressure or sabotage would discourage Government’s determination in fighting insurgency.

Governor Ganduje expressed optimism that all would soon be well, considering the military’s Operation Lafiya Dole in the north east region.

Wednesday’s blast was the second time the GSM market was targeted by suspected insurgents after the January 20, 2012 multiple explosions that killed over 100 Kano residents.

It came after another devastating attack at the Kano Central Mosque sometime in November 2014.

Police Put Death Toll In Kano Suicide Bombing At 11

Kano Bomb blastAt least eleven people died after two suicide bombers detonated their explosive devices at the popular farm centre GSM market in Kano state north-west Nigeria.

According to local authorities, 53 others were critically injured after the blast went off at the crowded market.

Channels Television’s correspondent reports that two female teenagers are suspected to have carried out the attack just few minutes to the market’s closing hour.

He says millions of Naira is believed to have been lost at farm centre GSM market in Kano, as a result of the attack.

Quick And Fast Movement

The market is the largest GSM market in northern Nigeria, but it turned out to be a no go area after the suicide bombers detonated their explosives right at the middle of the market.

Eyewitnesses said the casualty figure may have been more than 15 considering the impact created by the blast,as some victims described the attack as quick and fast movement of the attackers who disguised as women on business visit.

For now, victims are receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in town.

It is very likely that the death toll may rise by the end of Wednesday or early on Thursday.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Musa Katsina, confirmed the attack. He said investigations had started.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but it is believed to have been carried out by a terrorist group, the Boko Haram.

The group has carried out similar attacks in some northern states in the past.

On Tuesday, a bomb blast at a crowded park in Yola, the capital of Adamawa State, left at least 34 persons dead while at least 80 others were injured.


Police Arrest Suspected Rapists In Kano

policePolice Arrest Suspected Rapists In Kano Police have arraigned 57 suspected rapists before a Magistrate Court in Zungeru Road, Sabon Gari area of Kano State in northern Nigeria.

Addressing reporters after the court proceedings, the Kano State Commissioner of Police, Musa Katsina, said most of the victims were receiving treatment in undisclosed hospitals across the state.


Most of the victims are said to be boys and girls below the age of 10.

According to the Police, some of the victims were gang-raped by men old enough to be their grandparents. Three of the victims tested HIV positive while several others are being treated of various Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

Although most of the suspects denied any involvement in rape, the court ordered that they should be remanded, pending the outcome of further investigations.

Meanwhile, the Police Commissioner, who said there would be no going back on his campaign against rapists, also called on parents to remain vigilant and ensure they know the whereabouts of their children at all time.

The command therefore urged members of the community not to hesitate in reporting any case of rape or child abuse to the nearest Police Station, as protection of children’s right is non-negotiable. He reminded them that the protection of children had become a collective responsibility of all.

One Dead As Police Encounter Cattle Rustlers In Kano Forest

KanoOne person has been confirmed dead following an encounter between men of Kano State Police Command and suspected Fulani cattle rustlers in Gani town, Kano-Bauchi Boarder Forest axis.

The bush is located in Kano within the Northwest and borders Bauchi which leads to Sambisa Forest on the Northeast boarder axis.

Addressing journalists at the scene of the incident, the State Commissioner of Police, Musa Katsina, said that 224 cows, 34 sheep and two dogs were recovered from the suspects.

According to the Commissioner, It was a tedious Thursday night for the Police Anti-cattle Rustling Unit and the command’s Special Ambush Squad when they engaged in an all night exchange of fire with the bandits, which led to the recovery of some cows and sheep.

Mr Katsina said that in collaboration with community Leaders, vigilante groups and the association of Fulani Herdsmen, the command had since, directed special surveillance units to conduct an aggressive search of the forest with a view to identifying the fleeing suspects who might have not gone far as he delivered the cows to the State Government for onward hand over to the original owners.

However, because of the heated police patrol around the popular Falgore Forest axis, cattle rustlers were said to have shifted their activities to Gomo Forest in far Sumaila Local Government Area of Kano in the process of raiding some villages that were ambushed by the Police Anti-Cattle Rustling Units and Special Ambush Squad Team.

Receiving the cows on behalf of Kano State Government, a member of the State House of Assembly representing Sumaila constituency, Hamza Zubairu, promised to deliver the cows to the state government for proper identification of the owner.

In the meantime, the Kano Command of the Nigeria Police will soon seek collaboration with other states commissioners of Police who share boarders with the state to be able to bring an end to the disturbing cattle rustling operations especially in the northwest states boarder axis.


Kano Police Parade Suspected Cattle Rustlers


KanoIt has been operation war against cattle rustlers in Kano State and the Emir of Kano, the Governor and the State Commissioner of Police seem all united on this matter.

About 78 suspected cattle rustlers are in the Police custody and are being quizzed on the whereabouts of their colleagues.

The Kano State Police Command has also recovered 818 cows from the suspected cattle rustlers.

Parading the suspects to the State Governor and the Emir of Kano on Sunday, the Police Commissioner, Musa Katsina, said that a leader of the syndicate was killed during an encounter, as few policemen also sustained minor gun shot injuries.

Channels Television’s correspondent in Kano, Idris Jibrin, reported that the State Government had set up a committee to liaise with the Police in handing over the cows to the original owners.

In their battle against the cattle rustlers, the Police recovered additional 87 sheep, three AK 47 rifle, 22 ammunition, one English single-barrel rifle, one pump-action rifle, two English pistols as well as large quantity of drugs.

Disturbed by the increasing cases of cattle rustling, the State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, said that Government would continue to support the Police in their attempt to root out all criminals in the state and environs.

Mr. Ganduje further said that no one convicted for cattle rustling, armed robbery or other related criminal activities would go free.

The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, also called for speedy execution of the suspects.

Emir Sanusi warned that the State Government, The Emirate Council, Police and all other relevant security agencies should continue to gang up against cattle rustling and any other form of criminal activities in the state.

“These people are supposed to be executed in accordance with the Islamic laws because they killed, they raped and robbed people of their cattle and other valuable items.

“I therefore call on courts to do the right things and in accordance with the law,” he said.

The Emir also urged residents to continue to cooperate with all security agencies by reporting any suspicious individual to either the Police, village heads or community based organizations for immediate actions.

Police Deploy Special Unit To Kano Forest To Tackle Robbers

kano-policeThe Nigerian Police Force is set to deploy a special combat unit to the notorious armed robbery zone of Falgore Forest in Kano State.

The State Police Command said the unit would checkmate the increasing activities of armed robbers in the area, following the ban on check points by the Inspector General of Police.

During an assessment tour to the site, the newly posted Commissioner of Police, Musa Katsina, told reporters that the officers had already been trained on counter-terrorism and other crime prevention techniques.

According to motorists plying the route, the recent ban of check points has helped in increasing the activities of armed robbers around the area, with at least three to four robbery cases recorded within a week.

Meanwhile, the Police Commissioner has asked motorists to cooporate with the Police in order to ensure safety of life and property, as some strategic locations had been identified for the deployment of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit.

This exercise is the first major operation carried out by the new Commissioner of Police in Kano, after being posted to replace Ibrahim Idris, who was promoted to the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG).