Operation Sahel Sanity Records Another Gain In Katsina State In Its Fight Against Killer Bandits.
Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko, the Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters Abuja, disclosed yesterday that:
“In line with their noble mission to rid the North-West zone of armed bandits, cattle rustlers, Kidnappers and other sundry criminals, on 18 July 2020 gallant troops of Combat Team 1, Operation SAHEL SANITY with the support of Air Task Force advanced and captured one of the notorious armed bandits strongholds located deep in the forest in Jibia LGA of Katsina State known as Dangote Camp. Initial resistance by the bandits was effectively subdued by the superior tactics and dexterity of the troops which resulted in inflicting heavy casualty on the bandits. At the end of the encounter, 17 bandits were neutralized while several others were believed to have escaped with gunshot wounds as evident by the trails of blood along their escape routes. Equally, 5 AK 47 Rifles, 3 Dane guns, 2 AK 47 Rifle magazines, 152 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition and 7 motorcycles were captured from the fleeing bandits.
Regrettably, one brave officer and 2 gallant soldiers paid the supreme price while 4 other soldiers were wounded in action. However, the wounded in action soldiers are currently responding positively to treatment in a military medical facility.
In the same vain, on 18 July 2020, troops conducting fighting patrol along Faskari – Sheme – Dandume Road in Katsina State, arrested 5 suspected bandits including one female. One of the suspects, Bashir Usman who claimed to be a policeman during interrogation could not validate his claim with any form of identification was apprehended with one AK 47 Rifle loaded with 28 rounds of ammunition while riding on a motorcycle. Other items recovered from him include one handset and the sum of Six Thousand Three Hundred and Fifty Naira (N6,050. 00) only. Suspects are presently undergoing preliminary interrogation.”
The Brigadier General further states that:
“Furthermore, on 17 July 2020, troops following a tip off that bandits invaded Kuka Uku Village in Batsari LGA, Katsina State and kidnapped a 16 year old Miss Hadiza Sani, promptly mobilized to the area and made contact with the bandits who abandoned the victim and fled due to the troops aggressive pursuit. The rescued victim has since been reunited with her family. Similarly, on 17 July 2020, troops deployed at Forward Operation Base Bagega rescued another kidnapped victim, a 10 year old girl, following an alarm by her mother that two bandits on motorcycle kidnapped the victim while they were fetching firewood around Bagega – Tudurki Forest. The rescued has been united with her family.”
“Consequently, the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai commended the troops for their gallantry, successes and their resilience. He urges them not to rest on their oars but build on the successes so far achieved. He further assured the people of the North-West zone of the Nigerian Army’s commitment to the safety of lives and properties within the zone.” He concluded.
The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, in a statement issued yesterday in respect of the ongoing Operation Sahel Sanity, in the North West, he said:
“The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin has commended the initiative, organization and resilience of the Nigerian Army (NA) in the ongoing Exercise SAHEL SANITY which is intended to effectively end the insecurity in the North West (NW). made the commendation during his operational visit and address to troops of Exercise SAHEL SANITY on Monday the 13th of July 2020 at the Army Special Super Camp 4 Faskari Katsina State, where he charged them to flush out bandits, kidnappers and other criminal elements in the region.
While extolling the leadership, officers and men of the NA for a successful Exercise so far, he urged that though the Step Up Headquarters is in Faskari in Katsina State, there is need to consolidate on putting up blocking forces in the contigious States of Kaduna, Kebbi, Niger, Sokoto and Zamfara so that the criminals will not have ease of action or movement.
General Olonisakin states “I am happy to note this operation is not limited to Katsina and Zamfara States, as you have already assigned blocking forces in the contigious states of Kaduna, kebbi, Niger Sokoto and Zamfara States and i urged you to consolidate on that to deny the bandits ease of action and movement”.
Colonel Sagir, further states that:
“He also applauded the NA and sister services for protecting the sovereignty, territorial intergrity of Nigeria and for checkmating banditry activities in the NW.
According to him – “From the briefing I received and what I saw, there is no doubt banditry will soon be a thing of the past in Nigeria” – Gen Olonisakin stated.
Accordingly, Gen Olonisakin said that he was impressed with level of preparedness for the operation and the layout of the Super Camp. He, therefore, Commends the initiative of the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen TY Buratai for the noble Super Camp Concept and the commitment and resilience of all the personnel taking part in the exercise.
He opines that super camp concept is one of the strategies to professionally better position the NA to face the current challenges and it is a commendable initiative on the part of the NA’s leadership.
He also assures the COAS of the support of the Defence Headquarters in whatever may be required towards achieving the end state of the exercise. He used the opportunity to thank the President, Commander In Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari for his numerous supports and invaluable guidance to the Armed Forces of Nigeria and reiterate the commitment and loyalty of the Nigerian Military to the President and Commander In Chief.”
“Earlier in his welcome address the COAS thanks the CDS for finding time to visit the troops which is a morale booster to the troops on the exercise and the entire officers and men of the NA. He assured the CDS of the readiness, Commitment, determination and loyalty of the Nigerian Army to combat all forms of security challenges facing the nation.
Gen Olonisakin was accompanied on the visit by the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ete Ibas, represented by Rear Admiral TT Dakwat and Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Sadiq Baba Abubakar represented by Air Vice Marshall IO Amao.” He concluded.
After some successful airstrikes on bandits’ hideouts in Niger State, men of the Nigerian Police have arrested two foreign collaborators allegedly training and assisting the criminals terrorizing several communities in some local government areas in the state.
Daily Watch Press gathered that the two foreign criminals were arrested on Monday at Bangi, in Mariga Local Government Council of Niger State.
A reliable source, who declined to give his name according to report, disclosed that some bandits had launched an attack on villages in Kagara axis with the intent to rustle domestic animals and also maim innocent lives of residents.
“The NAF attack aircraft deployed for combat operation hotly chased the bandits and succeeded in neutralizing some of the criminals, during an aggressive air onslaught.
“During the clearance operation, men of the Nigerian police were able to arrest the two foreign collaborators while they were fleeing with some of the injured bandits.
“The corpses of some of the killed bandits during the air and ground operations currently litter the area of the attacks,” the source said.
It was gathered that the arrested criminal foreigners are currently been profiled by security operatives to identify their nationality.
Troops of the Operation Hadarin Daji Under Operation Accord, Neutralizes Several Bandits, Rescue Kidnapped Victims in Katsina and Zamfara States.
Major General, John Enenche, the Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, said while updating media men on the ongoing operation in the North West, that:
“In continuation of aggressive clearance operation, troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI under OPERATION ACCORD have continued to record significant successes against bandits and criminal elements. Troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI, on 26 June 20 foiled armed bandits attack at Mara Zamfarawa village in Danmusa LGA of Katsina State. In the process 6 bandits were killed while several others escaped with gun shots wounds.”
Major General John also said:
“Similarly, on 27 Jun 20, following aggressive patrol and intelligence reports by troops at Dunya village in Danmusa LGA, troops successfully arrested suspected bandits informers/ collaborators. The suspects are currently being interrogated and profiled for further action.
Relatedly, troops conducted cordon and search operations at Mara Zamfarawa and Birchi Malamawa villages in Danmusa LGA. In the process several bandits escaped with gun shots wounds. Troops recovered 4 motorcycles. In the same vein, troops on clearance operation at Maidabino town arrested 6 bandits. Troops recovered 1 fabricated AK 47 rifle and 29 rounds of 7.62 special ammunition as well as cutlasses and Charms.
In a related development, on 27 Jun 20, following intelligence reports about bandits action at Kurubka forest, troops immediately mobilized to the area. In the process 2 bandits were killed durind a shoot out. Relatedly, on 27 Jun 20, following credible information about bandits hideouts at Rambadawa forest few kilometers ahead of Kodamyo village in Sabon Birni LGA of Zamfara State, troops immediately mobilized to the area. In the process 3 armed bandits were neutralized while others escaped with gun shots wounds. 1 locally made gun was recovered.”
“Furthermore, on 27 June 20, following credible intelligence about a kidnap incident at Yar Galadima and Mashanyin Zaki villages in Dansadau by bandits on 4 motorcycles, troops swiftly moved to the area and successfully rescued 2 kidnapped victims. A Volkswagen Golf car with registration number MRR 47 XA was also recovered. Troops further dominated the area as effort to rescue other kidnapped victims have been intensified.
In another development, still on 27 Jun 2020, based on credible intelligence, troops embarked on clearance operation along bandits water point at the fringes of the mountain between Gummi and Tambuwal LGAs of Sokoto State. The successful operation led to the neutralization of 1 bandit and recovery of 5 cell phones, cutlasses, some quantities of Indian hemp and sixty thousand naira.
The High Command of the Armed Forces of Nigeria congratulates the gallant troops for their dexterity and professionalism and encourages them to remain resolute in curtailing the activities of armed bandits in the country.” He concluded.
PRESIDENCY: NIGERIA FULLY CAPABLE OF DEALING WITH BANDITRY, TERRORISM
Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, said yesterday that:
:The Presidency assures Nigerians, again, that the nation’s armed forces are fully capable of dealing with the challenges of banditry and terrorism, urging more patience as the military takes appropriate steps to block gaps being exploited to unleash mayhem on innocent citizens.
President Muhammadu Buhari, who has approved a joint military and police operation specifically targeted at combing Niger, Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara and Sokoto States to rid the areas of bandits, assures that surveillance will be improved, with more night vision aircrafts already deployed under “Operation Accord’’.
The operation was launched three weeks ago. “Nigeria’s military has displayed its capabilities in the past and will show it again by dealing with the current challenges,” the President says.
President Buhari appeals to the people of Katsina State to be patient and supportive of the ongoing military operations in the state, while sympathizing with those who are bereaved, injured and lost properties.
President Buhari admonishes that taking to the streets for protest could distract the military operations, urging “Katsina indigenes not to give up on the military who over the years have a strong track record of quelling crises once given enough time.
“The major forests in North Western Nigeria have been identified as home to the bandits in the region. The operation will clear all these forests,’’ he further said.
But swiftly today, the Inspector General of Police had moved to Katsina State from where he will coordinate the operation.
The Commissioner of Police, Katsina State, CP Sanusi Buba, in a Press Conference held on Monday 15th June, 2020 at the Command Headquarters, Katsina, which goes:
“Good afternoon Gentlemen of the Press. It is my pleasure to welcome you to Command Headquarters, Katsina to abreast you on the recent achievements made by the Command on the ongoing onslaught against banditry, armed robbery, cattle rustling, kidnapping and other forms of crime and criminality in the state.
During the period under review the Command has carried out various sting operations in several locations within the frontline local government areas, busted and arrested many suspected bandits terrorizing Katsina state.
Recently the Command have arrested over fifty suspected bandits/kidnappers/armed robbers/cattle rustlers and recovered ten (10) AK 47 rifles, five (5) pistols, twenty-five (25) locally made guns, five (5) motor vehicles, twenty (20) motor cycles in the ongoing war against all forms of crime and criminality in the state.
ARREST/BUSTING OF NOTORIOUS SYNDICATE OF BANDITS/KIDNAPPERS/CATTLE RUSTLERS/ARMED ROBBERS THAT ATTACKED KADISAU VILLAGE OF FASKARI LGA OF KATSINA STATE AND KILLED TWENTY PERSONS:
On 12/06/2020 based on credible intelligence, the Command succeeded in busting a notorious syndicate of bandits that attacked Kadisau village, Faskari LGA of Katsina state.
It will be recall that on 09/06/2020 at about 18:40hrs, Group of bandits numbering over two hundred, on motorbikes, armed with sophisticated weapons, led by a notorious bandit, one Adamu Aliero Yankuzo, in collaboration with other gang leaders carried out an organized attack at Kadisau village in which twenty (20) persons were killed while many others were injured.
The Command carried out various sting operations at various flash points in the fringes of Rugu forest and succeeded in arresting the following notorious bandits who participated in the attack of Kadisau village of Faskari LGA of Katsina state.
Bello Usman, alias “BAWA”, ‘m’, aged 25yrs of Turare village, Dutsinma LGA of Katsina state. Usman Sule, ‘m’, aged 23yrs of Unguwar Mai-Sabo, Faskari LGA of Katsina state (on admission) Surajo Yusuf, ‘m’, aged 20yrs of Madachi village, Sabuwa LGA of Katsina state (now late)
In the course of investigation one of the suspect Bello Usman alias ‘Bawa’ confessed to have participated in the attacks and killings at Kadisau village of Faskari and others at Musawa, Matazu, Karaduwa and Yantumaki.
Suspect also stated that the attack was masterminded by a notorious gang leader of bandits, one Adamu Aliero Yankuzo in protest of the arrest of his son by the police, one Sulaiman Adamu Aleiru, ‘m’, aged 24yrs of Yankuzo village, Tsafe LGA of Zamfara state since on 28/04/2020.
Furthermore, suspects confessed to have killed several innocent villagers, rustled over hundred cows, and kidnapped four women during the attack.
Consequently, the Command hereby wish to declare “ADAMU ALIERO YANKUZO”, ‘m’, aged 45yrs of Yankuzo village, of Tsafe LGA of Zamfara state, a notorious leader of groups of bandits terrorizing Katsina and Zamfara states wanted and has placed a bounty of five million naira (5,000,000:00K) on his head – dead or alive.
Any person or group persons that have useful information that may lead to his arrest to please report to the nearest police station or call this number 08033666059 or 08035448128 or 08076666207.
ARREST/BUSTING OF NOTORIOUS SYNDICATES OF BANDITS/ KIDNAPPERS/CATTLE RUSTLERS/ARMED ROBBERS
On 08/06/2020 at about 18:30hrs, based on credible intelligence, the Command succeeded in arresting two notorious bandits, cattle rustlers and members of kidnap for ransom syndicate terrorizing Yantumaki district of Danmusa LGA of Katsina state.
Nemesis caught up with the duo of Rabi’u Sani, ‘m’, aged 23yrs and Sani Musa, ‘m’, aged 20yrs of Katsira village, Danmusa LGA of Katsina state when they were accosted along Mara road, Danmusa LGA of Katsina state. In the course of investigation suspects confessed to belong to notorious syndicate of bandits terrorizing Katsina state.
Also a video footage was recovered from one of the suspect’s phone displaying the suspects wielding AK 47 rifles in military camouflage uniforms.
On 08/06/2020 at about 22:30hrs, based on credible intelligence, Area Commander Dutsinma, accosted one Murtala Abubakar, ‘m’, aged 20yrs of Danmarke village, in the bush in Safana LGA of Katsina state in possession of eighteen rustled cows.
In the course of investigation suspect confessed to be a member of notorious syndicate of bandits terrorizing Katsina state and has participated in several attacks on villages in the state.
On 23/04/2020 the Command succeeded in busting a notorious syndicate of bandits and kidnappers terrorizing Faskari LGA of Katsina state. Nemesis caught up with one Safiyanu Ahmed, ‘m’, aged 2oyrs of Unguwar Yaro, Faskari LGA of Katsina state who conspired with the duo of one Kabiru Yusuf, alias Bafulace, aged 30yrs of Unguwar Sani, Fasakari LGA of Katsina state and one Shamsu Bala, m, aged 20yrs of Yarzaiga village, Zamfara state with others at large and Kidnapped one Sa’adatu Ahmed, ‘f’, aged 7yrs and Yahuza Ahmed, ‘f’, aged 7yrs and demanded the payment of ransom of three million naira (N3, 000,000:00K).
Similarly, the same syndicate was responsible for the kidnap of one Abdulmuminu Adamu, “m”, aged 40yrs of the same address and collected ransom of one million five hundred naira before they released all the three kidnapped victims.
Suspect Safiyanu Ahmed confessed to have received ninety thousand (N90,000:00K) while Shamsu Bala received the sum of fifty thousand naira as their own share of the loot.
On 26/05/2020 at about 22:00hrs, a joint patrol of Police and vigilante group while on routine patrol in Faskari LGA of Katsina state accosted one Tukur Abdu, ‘m’, aged 32yrs and Muhammed Usman, ‘m’, aged 20yrs of Fafawa village, Gombe state, members of notorious syndicate of bandits led by one Adamu Alero. In the course of investigation suspects confessed to belong to the Camp of a notorious bandit, one Adamu Alero and were responsible for several attacks on villages killing many innocent villagers at Faskari and Sabuwa LGAs of katsina state.
Also a video footage of the suspects wielding AK 47 rifles was recovered in their GSM phones as Exhibit. Investigation is ongoing.
On 02/06/2020 at about 19:00hrs, based on a tip off, the Command succeeded in arresting one Ashiru Suleiman, a.k.a “Barnar Iska” of Kayalwa, Tsauri LGA of Kurfi LGA of Katsina state, a notorious bandit and a member of kidnap for ransom syndicate. Suspect was arrested in a hideout at Tsanni village, Batagarawa LGA of Katsina state.
In the course of investigation suspect confessed to have participated in several banditry attacks in the state and mentioned the following persons as his accomplices 1. Sani Mai Labbo, m, Illela village, Safana LGA of katsina state. 2. Umaru Mubai, m, of Kayelwa village, Kurfi LGA of Katsina state. 3. Hamisu Wanzan, m, of Shama village, Zamfara 4. Sani Nagge, m, of Shama village, Zamfara State and 5. Suleiman Manu, m, of Shama village, Zamfara State (now at large).
On 13/05/2020 at about 01:00hrs, bandits numbering ten on motorcycles, armed with AK 47 rifles, stormed the house of one Alhaji Kabir Maiwada Daudawa, a onetime PDP chairman, Katsina state and kidnapped his three daughters to unknown destination.
One Mallam Abdullahi Saleh, an assistant Chief Imam in the village and a close acquaintance of the victims’ family, alleged publicly that he knows the masterminds of the crime and mentioned one Dr. Mujitaba Kabir Maiwada, ‘m’, aged 45yrs, a biological son of Alh. Kabir Maiwada Daudawa, as an accomplice in the commission of the offence.
After a meticulous and painstaking investigation, a text message purported to have been written and sent by the kidnappers was discovered to have been written and sent to the phone of the said Mallam Abdullahi Saleh.
Suspects confessed to the commission of the offence. Investigation is ongoing.
On 08/06/2020 at about 08:00hrs, the Command succeeded and arrested one Mustapha Abdullahi, alias “Police”, ‘m’, aged 28yrs of Yankara village, Faskari LGA of Katsina state and Sagir Hamidu, m, aged 30yrs of Unguwar Dantasshi, Faskari LGA of Katsina state, notorious members of armed robbery syndicate terrorizing Faskari LGA of Katsina state.
Luck ran out of the suspects when they attacked the houses of one Mikailu Salisu and Murja Habibu at Yankara village and robbed them of their belongings valued over N150,000. In the course of the commission of the offence, the hoodlums also beat and seriously injured one Lawal Alh. Yusuf, m, of the same address.
In the course of investigation suspects confessed to the commission of the offence.
On 28/05/2020 at about 16:00hrs, based on a tip off, the Command succeeded in arresting one Ayuba Umar, a.k.a “Mai-Unguwa”, aged 40yrs of Garin Labo village, Batsari LGA of Katsina state, a notorious bandit and errand boy of a notorious camp of bandits led by one Dogo Bello.
In the course of investigation one carton of Can Gulder alcoholic drinks was recovered in his possession while on his way to Rugu forest. Suspect confessed that he was taking the drinks to Dogo Bello’s camp in the forest. Investigation is ongoing.
On 04/06/2020 at about 01:00hrs, based on a tip off, the Command arrested one Usman Sani, ‘m’, alias “Alti”, aged 21yrs of Fanteka village, Kankara LGA of Katsina state, a notorious member of bandits terrorizing villages in Batsari and Safana LGAs of the state. In the course of investigation suspect confessed to belong to the camp of a notorious bandit, one Kachalla Mainurdi in Range ten (10) forest, Kankara. Investigaition is ongoing.
On 22/05/2020 at about 02:08hrs, the Command succeeded in busting and arresting a notorious syndicate of armed robbers terrorizing Katsina metropolitan area. The hoodlums numbering eight, armed with locally made weapons attacked the residence of one Gambo Umar, ‘m’, of Rahamawa Quarters, Katsina and robbed him up of the sum of seventy-seven thousand and seven hundred naira, (N77,700:00K) and one Techno handset.
In the course of investigation the following suspects were arrested. They are: 1. Muntari Dalha, m, aged 25yrs 2. Ibrahim Hamisu, ‘m’, aged 18yrs, 3. Aliyu Yakubu, ‘m’, aged 19yrs, 4. Mustapha Shuaibu, ‘m’, aged 20yrs all of Rahamawa Quarters, Katsina. Suspect confessed to the commission of the offence. Investigation is ongoing.
On 23/05/2020 at about 02:30hrs, the Command succeeded in arresting members of notorious syndicate that attacked and vandalized industrial equipment at Dana Steel Rolling Mills, Katsina. The hoodlums suffered a defeat when they had a fierce encounter with policemen guarding the company.
One of the armed robbers was killed while three other suspects arrested, they are: 1. Abubakar Tasi’u, m, aged 21yrs 2. Abdulshukur Kabir, ‘m’, aged 19yrs and 3. Aminu Yusuf, m, aged 19yrs all of Sabuwar Unguwa Quarters, Katsina. The dead armed robber was later identified as one Muhammed Muntari, m, aged 20yrs of Sabuwar Unguwa Quarters, Katsina. In the course of investigation Suspects confessed to the commission of the crime while one armoured cable wire, pinches, two hacksaws and a digger were recovered in their possession during search. Investigation is ongoing.
13.:On 24th May, 2020. The Command succeeded in arresting one Adamu Salisu ‘M’ 43yrs of Sabuwar unguwa quarters Katsina, who conspired with one Salisu Isah ‘M’ 38yrs of Dutsinma township and went to Government Day Secondary Wurma, Kurfi L.G.A. and vandalized electrical Transformer then stole away some accessories of the transformer.
During the cause of investigation the suspect confessed commission of the crime and mentioned one Haruna Idris of ‘Yan-rodi market Kofar-ruwa Kano as their receiver, who bought the items at the rate of sixty two thousand Naira four hundred ( N62,400). Case under investigation.
On 23/5/2020 at about 1130hrs the Command arrested two Armed robbery suspects one shafi’u Moh’d, ‘m’, aged 30yrs (2) Moh’d Sani, m, aged 28yrs all of Faskari town, Faskari L.G.A of Katsina state. The hoodlums conspired and deceived one Shukura Mamman, ‘M’, aged 25yrs of Layin Tasha, Faskari LGA of Katsina state, to convey them from faskari town to Yankara village, Faskari L.G.A. of Katsina state.
While on transit, the hoodlums attacked and stabbed him with a knife on his neck and stomach, killing him instantly and made away with his Bajaj motor cycle, red in colour, unregistered, valued two hundred and forty thousand naira (N240,000:00k).
In the course of investigation suspects confessed to the commission of the offence and stated that they sold the stolen motorcycle to one Hassan Abdullahi, ‘M’, aged 35yrs, of Sabon Garin Zaria, Kaduna State (now at large).
On 26th May, 2020 the command succeeded and smashed a notorious syndicate of armed robbers that specializes in attacking motorcyclists and robbed them of their belongings. Luck ran out of the hoodlums when they deceived a commercial motorcyclist, one Dahiru Hamisu, ‘m’ of Magamar Ajiwa village, Rimi LGA of Katsina state and asked him to convey them from Luna castle hotel Katsina to Barhim housing estate along Mani road, Katsina. On reaching to an obscured location inside Barhim quarters, the suspects attacked the cyclist with machetes and robbed him of the sum of N35,000:00K. Those arrested are (1) Umar Ibrahim, ‘M’, aged 27yrs (2) Ikira Lawal, ‘M’, aged 20yrs (3) Buhari Suleman, ‘M’, aged 20yrs (now at large), all of Katsina township. Investigation is ongoing.
BEING INPOSSESSION OF DRIED LEAVES SUSPECTED TO BE INDIAN HEMP AND DANGEROUS DRUGS :- On 24/5/2020 and 2/06/2020 the DPO GRA, Katsina carried out raids at various black spots in his jurisdiction and succeeded in arresting the following suspected Indian Hemp drug peddlers 1. Umar Ibrahim, ‘m’, aged 27yrs of Barhim quarters, Katsina 2. Shuaibu Badamasi, ‘m’ aged 25yrs of Shinkafi village, Katsina. 3. Tijjani Abdullahi, and (4) Sani Abdullahi, ‘m,’ aged 30yrs of Shinkafi village, Katsina.
Exhibits recovered the suspects include 1. Seven hundred and twenty pieces (720) of D5 Valium Tablets. 2. One hundered and eighty-five (185) pieces of Exol tablets. 3. Twenty wraps of Indian Hemp and 4.
The total sum of thirteen thousand, five hundred and twenty five naira (N13,525:00K) was recovered in their possession as exhibit during police search. Investigation is ongoing.
On 26/05/2020 at about 11:20hrs, the Command succeeded in arresting one Babangida Abdu Mandi, ‘m’, aged 20yrs of Doma village, Faskari LGA of Katsina state who was seen at Makera, Funtua LGA of Katsina state, suspiciously with a machete wound on his head.
In the course of investigation suspect confessed to have attacked the residence of one Shehu Yahaya, ‘m’, of Doma village, Faskari on 24/05/2020 and robbed him of Gsm Phone, money and other valuables after inflicting injury on the victim.
The victim was traced and confirmed the occurrence of the incident. Additionally, the knife that was used in the commission of the offence was also recovered and registered as exhibit. Investigation is ongoing.” He concluded.
The Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, speaking at the weekend on the rise in bandits activities in the state, said: ‘I am a very unhappy person because we have never had any moment of respite within the last five years that the leadership of this state can describe as comfortable.’
At least 70 persons have been killed within the last two weeks alone in separate attacks by bandits across a number of communities in the state.
Governor Masari, who spoke at the weekend during an interactive session with reporters at the Government House, said in regard to the victims: ‘I don’t know what to tell them. I cannot look at them in the face because we have failed to protect them, contrary to our pledge to ensure the security of lives and property throughout the state.’
He said that the government had done everything possible, including opening a dialogue with the bandits, in order to address the security crisis in the state.
‘I never expected the behaviour and the attitude of the people living in the forests, the bandits, whose behaviour is worse than that of animals.
‘In the forest, a lion or a tiger kills only when it is hungry and it doesn’t kill all the animals, it only kills the one it can eat at a time.
‘But what we see here is that the bandits come to town, spray bullets, kill indiscriminately for no purpose and no reasons whatsoever like the recent massacre of the people at Faskari and parts of Dandume local government areas. They just killed the people.
‘How can a human being behave the way that an animal cannot even behave.
‘That is why I say that they are worse than the animals in the forest. For me, there are no longer innocent persons in the forests.
‘Our role in this is to complement the efforts of the security agencies for which I believe we are doing nothing less than 90 per cent in terms of whatever is expected of us, based on resources available to us.’
According to Masari, ‘under the Exclusive List in the Constitution, security is the responsibility of the Federal Government.
‘Five years ago when this government came to power, it met Boko Haram and Niger Delta problems, cattle rustling.
‘Even members of the Armed Forces have limited capacity in terms of the equipment available to them and the money given to them.
‘The military and the police do not have the numbers and they don’t have the manpower and equipment required for them to operate in all the troubled spots which cut across all geo-political zones of the country.
‘Banditry cuts across the whole of the north though it does not affect Jigawa so much.
‘We entered into various phases of dialogue with the bandits, on the prompting of the security agencies.
‘By the time we completed, we reached an agreement on so many solutions.
‘I thank God that even if we were not able to meet their demands 100 per cent, we were able to meet up with between 70 and 80 per cent.
‘The ensuring peace did not last for more than seven months then it broke down again and that is the position we are in at the moment.
‘Five years ago when this government came in, it met Boko Haram as there were Boko Haram attacks in Kankara and Daura towns.
‘At that time, government was also grappling with cattle rustling and killings were on a daily basis.
‘The resources dwindled and with high state of insecurity and the people hoped that the new government then would solve all those problems.
‘Some people felt that we had the capacity to even perform miracles.
‘We had cattle rustling but we were able to achieve relative peace for about two years then came kidnapping and banditry resurfaced.’
The Katsina governor noted that he has no intention of seeking any elective positions at the expiration of his second term tenure.
‘As far as my plans are concerned, I have no intention of contesting any elective office after this tenure.
‘I am not retiring to the Senate and God willing, by 2023, I will be 73 years old and it will be time for me to give the opportunity to the younger ones behind me,’ he said
The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) said that President Buhari and the Northern Governors have lost the capacity to end insecurity. NEF, led by Professor Ango Abdullahi, in a statement released yesterday, the group expressed great concerns at the rising insecurity in communities in the North.
According to NEF, Northerners are known to be patient with any adverse situation confronting them, but with this present uncontrollable state of insecurity, “our people have been pushed to the wall.”
The Northern Elders Forum, in the statement asserted that :
“Recent escalation of attacks by bandits, rustlers and insurgents leave the only conclusion that the people of the North are now completely at the mercy of armed gangs who roam towns and villages at will, wreaking havoc.
It would appear that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and governors have lost control over the imperatives of protecting people of the North, a constitutional duty that they swore to uphold.
The situation is getting worse literally by the day. Bandits and insurgents appear to sense a huge vacuum in political will and capacity, which they exploit with disastrous consequences on communities and individuals.”
The statement further reads:
“It is no exaggeration to say that the people of the North have never experienced this level of exposure to criminals who attack, kill, maim, rape, kidnap, burn villages and rustle cattle, while President Buhari issues threats and promises that have no effect.”
Professor Abdullahi cited instances where armed bandits have taken initiative, after studying the lack of capacity of Government to protect its people, noting that
“The situation under which our communities from Kogi to Borno States, from Sokoto to Taraba States live is no longer tolerable”.
As a responsible body, the Forum has joined millions of others in prayers and in giving advise and encouragement to all authorities that have responsibility to protect our communities.It is now time to say, enough is enough.”
“ Our people are known for their patience and respect for constituted authorities, but all governments must be aware by now that all Northerners have been pushed to the wall. The Forum is aware that some citizens are contemplating peaceful protests, which are their constitutional rights, to draw attention of President Buhari and all levels of authority to the plight of people of the North.”
“ The Forum urges all citizens to conduct themselves in peaceful and responsible manner, and it urges governments to respect the rights of citizens to express their opinions peacefully. The Forum is also consulting other groups and organizations which share its goals and concerns to lend our voices to the demands for action and relief from the unremitting assaults on our lives and livelihood as Northerners.”
“The Forum reminds President Muhammadu Buhari that provision of security and pursuit of economic welfare of citizens are the only two constitutional responsibilities of the state which all leaders must achieve.”
Said Abdullahi: “Our current circumstances in the North clearly demonstrate that President Buhari’s administration has woefully failed to achieve either. This is unacceptable. We demand an immediate and comprehensive improvement of our security in the North”.
“ We are tired of excuses and verbal threats which criminals laugh at, and our fellow citizens see as a clear failure of leadership which they see as part of them. Enough is enough”, he added.
SECURITY: NIGERIAN ARMY TO TRACK AND NEUTRALIZE TERRORISTS AND BANDITS IN BORNO, KATSINA AND SOKOTO STATES – Daily Watch Press
Colonel Sagir Musa, Acting Director Army Public Relations, said in a press release about the Boko Haram and Bandits incidents in Borno and Sokoto, Katsina and Zamfara States, that:
“The Nigerian Army is deeply saddened by the unfortunate incident in which suspected retreating Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists with a few sleeper cells within communities ambushed and killed innocent women and children in Faduma Koloram village, Gubio LGA of Borno State.
Already a large contingent of military personnel have been drafted in the general area to track and apprehend or neutralize the perpetrators. We have also mandated the Theatre Command, Operation LAFIYA DOLE to enhance security, dominate the area and reassure the affected communities of the Nigerian Army’s commitment to protect the population.”
Colonel Sagir, also lamented on the incident at Katsina, Sokoto and Zamfara States, that:
“The Nigerian Army equally notes with great concern about banditry incidents in some parts of the north western part of the county across Katsina, Sokoto and Zamfara States. It has come to our knowledge that some bandits are shifting base and venting their anger on hapless citizens because of the ongoing operations in Katsina State.
While we sympathize with fellow Nigerians and the good people of Borno, Katsina, Sokoto and Zamfara States in particular, on these unfortunate incidents, we would like to assure all of our unrelenting effort in engaging with communities to rid our society of any and all remnants of these criminal elements.
We would like to state further that the Nigerian Army in conjunction with Nigerian Air Force, sister service, other security agencies and the affected States governments, will make efforts to clear all known bandits hideouts in those states as more troops are being mobilized as directed by Mr President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.”
“We would also like to assure that these types of heinous crimes will not go unpunished and will not be allowed anywhere in our country.
We further wish to reiterate that the Nigerian Army is committed to investigate the circumstances of these callous attacks by desperate Boko Haram criminals and the bandits on innocent civilians. We would ensure that appropriate action is taken to mitigate against any future incidents. While thanking Nigerians for their understanding, we implore all to continue to support and cooperate with the troops as they carry out their duties.” He concluded.