“If My Manhood Is Found Guilty, Let It Be Cut Off, Let The Law Take Its Course” – Sallaman Kanam
We are only secured when the law is allowed to take its fullest effects on anyone among us found in the criminal act of conspiracy or directly involved in perpetuating the kidnapping of our people.
The hallmark of leadership is when those responsible to lead must dispense justice without fear nor favor.
When we were young, I used to hear Sallaman Kanam said, “idan bakin azakari na yayi laifi a yanka” (if my manhood is found to be guilty of any act against the law, it should be cut off).
One day I felt worried because at such a tender age I found the expression very vague and therefore asked him what it means. His reply was that you are my children and now I am saddled with the responsibility of leadership over the whole people of Kanam Kufai, even if you as my biological children are found going against the law, I will not spare you. I will use you to set example.
Like joke, one day his first grant son misbehaved and he ordered for his arrest and detention. Everyone in the community was shocked. Those who knows him very well said Sallama can do more than this.
We must therefore stand up and be firmed in ensuring that anyone found to be involved is allowed to face the law of the land. People should please not take laws into their own hands. We must allow law to treat anyone found including those related to us by blood, faith, or where we live accordingly.
No one should be spared!
Comrade ND Shehu Kanam Community and Rural Development Advocate
This is an attempt to rate or rank all the 36 states governors in Nigeria considering only the top 5 and bottom 5 as ranked by Ripples Nigeria best on random indixes or yardsticks.
With enormous power and resources at their disposal, governors have so much expectations placed on their shoulders. These range from policy formulations to execution of sustainable projects targeted at improving the lives of citizens.
The July, 2020 report features the traditional scan of the political space and focuses, this time, on the select few on either side of the performance divide, judging by policy initiatives and execution.
1. Babajide Sanwo-Olu —Lagos
The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu makes the Top 5 for the month of July, 2020 on account of his commitment to the vision of building a Smart City, principally through urban renewal and rural development.
We acknowledge his pursuit of this vision, despite the COVID-19 pandemic which has preoccupied governments across the world.
We note the progressive work being done on the Ojota, Mile 12, Agege and Lekki-Epe axis of the city.
Though the urban renewal projects have come with attendant hardship, we are, however, convinced that they are necessary sacrifices to ensure better service delivery.
2. Seyi Makinde —Oyo
Governor Seyi Makinde earns a Top 5 mention having shown a steady commitment to education, with several remarkable interventions in that sector. These include schools upgrade, and access to free education.
In dealing with the COVID-19 challenge, we admit the clarity of purpose in his efforts to ensure that schools are not just re-opened but that these were done with a clear cut direction, as exemplified in the full year school timetable released for the state.
The responsiveness of the Makinde administration to the challenges faced by some female citizens of the state who were reportedly trafficked to Lebanon caught our attention in July. We note that the timely rescue is exemplary and capable of restoring the confidence of citizens in government.
3. Abdulrazaq Abdulrahman —Kwara
The Kwara State Governor, Abdulrazaq Abdulrahman, makes the top 5 for initiating an intervention programme to lift some of the burdens confronting stakeholders in the educational sector, especially proprietors and teachers in private schools
We acknowledge that his plan to extend grants and interest free loans to private schools is capable of preventing job losses and reviving a sector badly hit by COVID-19. We encourage the governor to fully discharge this plan as the Board shall track and review his performance in that regard.
4. Dapo Abiodun —Ogun
Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State scores highly for his commitment to lifting the quality of life in the border towns through road infrastructures which had suffered neglect over the years.
We note the current remedial works in communities bordering Lagos, especially in the Sango, Agbado, Akute, Denro-Ishasi- Ojodu Abidoun axis. It is our belief that the attention given to roads in these and other communities will impact the economy positively as gains are made in man-hour originally lost to traffic, and low productivity.
5. Babagana Zulum —Borno
Governor Babagana Zulum makes a return to top 5 on account of his continuous sacrifice, sometimes at personal risk, to see to the restoration of peace in the insurgency-ravaged state.
We note his courage in undertaking obvious life-threatening trips across the state as he identifies with troubled communities, commissioning projects and leading from the front in efforts to impact the lives of citizens stranded in Internally Displaced Persons camps. We also acknowledge Zulum’s daring attempts at speaking truth to power, and aiming to decisively deal with alleged sabotage and failings of the military in the prosecution of the war against terrorism in the Northeast.
1. Nasir el-Rufai —Kaduna
Governor Nasir el-Rufai gets a mention in the Bottom 5 due largely to the unabated security challenges in the state.
We are disturbed by the continued killings and destruction of property in the Southern part of the state, allegedly by bandits and militias who have proven either too tough or slippery for the government and security agencies to contain.
While we acknowledge that El-Rufai is largely a Chief Security Officer without powers of coercion, the governor gets our knock for his repeated commentaries that tend to further stoke the crisis and diminish hope, confidence and faith in his administration to effectively deal with the challenge of Southern Kaduna.
2. Udom Emmanuel —Akwa Ibom
Governor Udom Emmanuel gets a Bottom 5 mention over the decision of the Akwa Ibom State Government to breach the accountability process by locking out media men out of state functions on the pretext that some of them had contracted the COVID-19 disease.
While we note the frosty atmosphere existing in the state between the government and media practitioners over claims of lack of transparency in the reportage of COVID-19, it is regrettable that the governor will allow his action to be tainted by unwholesome intentions that query his patriotism and commitment to transparency.
3. Aminu Masari —Katsina
Katsina is, no doubt, a State in turmoil. Reports of killings and abductions have become very rampant, leading the populace to embark on protests over the lack of appropriate action by government and security agencies.
The near free reign of bandits and Governor Aminu Masari’s lack of grip of the challenge earns him several minuses.
We are amazed that despite the presence of various arms of the nation’s security forces in the state, the governor has been unable to manage the situation.
We hold that the prevailing banditry in the state is a reflection of years of mis-governance and the failure of government to consciously connect with its citizens, especially the youth population.
4. Bello Matawalle —Zamfara
Governor Bello Matawalle gets a mention in the Bottom 5 for his prodigal spending of N100 million on a private university in the state, an action we consider not well thought out.
A private university, in our reckoning, is a private business, an investment that should be borne by its promoters. Though the state had argued that it was done to promote education in the state, we reckon that such a gesture could have lifted the sector better if it had been channelled to the many public institutions requiring urgent intervention in upgrade of facilities and faculties.
We are appalled that Governor Matawalle might not have considered that his action could open the floodgates to several other requests from private and religious institutions who maybe tempted to see him as a profligate father Christmas.
5. Okezie Ikpeazu —Abia
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State gets a mention in the Bottom 5 ranking for July 2020 for his unilateral sacking and suspension of three local government council chiefs in the state.
We condemn the sacking of the Chairman of Umenneochi Council, Mathew One, and the indefinite suspension of Aba South and Aba North chairmen, Cherechi Nwogu and Victor Ubani, as tantamount to trampling on the principles of the rule of law, due process and fair hearing in a constitutional democracy.
We are concerned that with such actions, as taken by Governor Ikpeazu, our democracy faces stunted growth, especially as state govenors see local government administrations as mere apendages of their offices.
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.
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.
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
TETFUND: SENATOR AHMAD BABBA KAITA WANTS FG TO ENHANCE THE ABILITY OF INDIGENOUS COMPANIES
Mallam Abdulkadir Lawal, the Special Assistant on Media to Senator Ahmad Babba Kaita, Katsina North. Issued a statement about the submission of the distinguished Senator, where he said:
“The Chairman Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND, Distinguished Senator Ahmad Babba Kaita representing Katsina North Senatorial District, wants the Federal Government to put in Place framework that will enhance the ability of indigenous companies to exploit local opportunities while staying viable globally.
Senator Kaita who made the call during plenary, emphasized the need for proper utilization of Local Content Policy/Act which was principally designed to build the capacity of indigenous companies and ensuring that Nigerian Business remain afloat and competitive.”
“The Senator frowned at the absence of clear local content policy in other sectors of the economy which according to him “has resulted in massive loss of jobs meant for Nigerians and poor remuneration of Nigerian workers employed by foreign Companies.”
In his prayers, Senator Kaita, urges the National Assembly to enact a local content law in other non oil- sectors to improve the capacity of Nigerian Businesses to protect job lost.” He concluded.
The NBA And The Katsina State Judiciary Battle Over Fraudulent Release of Kidnappers – DAILY WATCH PRESS
Malam Kabiru Shua’aibu, the Chief Registrar, Katsina State High Court in a statement made available clear the air, where he said:
“The NBA Katsina has, through its Assistant Secretary called a Press Conference on the above case where he alleged that one of their members is being persecuted. It has become necessary to respond to clear the facts for the general public to know the true position of the issues raised by the NBA.
On 9th March, 2020 the Registrar of High Court No. 7, Katsina presided over by Hon. Justice Baraka I. Wali conspired with some staff and lawyers and fraudulently presented false Court Order, Bail Bond and Release Order purportedly issued by the presiding Judge of Court 7 to facilitate release from custody 2 suspects/accused persons who have been on remand at the Katsina Correctional Centre on the orders of Chief Magistrate I, Katsina where the suspects were arraigned and remanded pending filing of formal charge at the High Court since the Chief Magistrate has no jurisdiction to try the offences the accused/suspects were arraigned on, which involves Conspiracy, Kidnapping and Belonging to Gang of Thieves.”
The Chief Registrar revealed that a false order was used to secure the release of the Kidnapped suspects:
“The said Registrar along with others conspired, prepared a ruling purportedly given by Hon. Justice Baraka I. Wali and fraudulently presented false Court Order, Bail Bond and Release Order to the Hon. Chief Judge who, believing the documents to be genuine, signed and the said documents presented to the Officer-in-charge of the Correctional Centre from where the suspects were eventually released.
The Hon. Chief Judge became aware of the matter when the Legal Officer of the Dept. of State Service complained that the accused/suspects have been released and have committed another kidnap and even killed one person at Mararrabar Kankara in Malumfashi Local Government while the Dept. as complainant was never served the processes of the application for their bail.”
He further asserts that:
“This led to the Hon. Chief Judge calling for the case file and Register of cases from the Central Registry where it was discovered that the application for the bail was never officially filed and registered.
It was further discovered that the case no. assigned to the file KTH/198M/2020 had earlier been assigned to a civil motion. It was discovered that U. D. Farouk Esq. a Principal Legal Officer with the Legal Aid Council filed the bail application with his signature and official N.B.A. seal The said lawyer also perfected the bail conditions by introducing the suerties after presenting a forged introduction letter from the District Head of Kankara where the accused/suspects hailed from having found that the conduct and acts of the Registrar and his coconspirators amounted to judicial fraud and offences relating to Administration of Justice under sections 124, 125, 141 and 148 of the Penal Code Law of Katsina State, the Hon. Chief Judge directed that a formal complaint should be forwarded to the Dept. of State Service for the matter to be thoroughly investigated and appropriate action taken as the acts and conducts constitute not only offences but a threat to National Security and general administration of justice.
The Dept. of State Service having conducted preliminary investigation invited and interrogated all those involved including the District Head of Kankara whose letter of introduction of suerities was forged, the officer in charge of Katsina Central Correctional Centre and detained the principal suspects and arraigned them before a Chief Magistrate Court for cognizance. In the meantime, the U. D. Farouk undertook before the Hon. Chief Judge to facilitate re-arrest of the fraudulently released suspects and the Dept. of State Service obliged but for over one week he was not able to do so and he was also detained and arraigned to court.
When application for the bail of the court officials, the lawyer and others involved in the fraudulent release was filed before High Court no. 6 was refused, the NBA. knows the appeal option available but rather decided to appeal to the public court through press conference. The claim that U.D. Farouk did not commit any offence cannot stand as it is only a court of law that can determine that. The Hon. Chief Judge thereafter constituted a Committee to investigate the infractions internally.”
“The Committee composed of a Judge as chairman with the Solicitor-General, Ministry of Justice, the Chief Registrar High Court, Representative of Commissioner of Police, Representative of Director Dept. of State Service, Chairman N.B.A. as members and Director litigation as secretary (all members of the committee are lawyers and members of the NBA.) The Committee has just submitted its report which is being studied for appropriate action.
For the avoidance of doubt, we have never stated that the Hon. Chief Judge was deceived into freeing notorious kidnappers as being reported in some on-line and social media channels.” He concluded.
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.
President Buhari Meets Masari Assures of More Efforts to Improve Security.
Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity), has yesterday in a statement about the puspose of Gov. Masari visit to President Buhari, states that:
“President Muhammadu Buhari has assured people and government of Katsina State of renewed efforts, and review of operations, to improve the security of lives and property in the state, and other parts of the country.
The President, in a meeting with Governor Aminu Bello Masari, at the State House on Thursday night, said bandits, who have committed crimes against innocent citizens in the state, and across the country, will not be spared.”
Garba Shehu further states that:
“President Buhari warned bandits to surrender their weapons, or face “disgraceful and violent ends’’.
The President said more decisive military operations against bandits in Zamfara, Sokoto, Niger, Katsina and Kaduna States will be under taken.”
“President Buhari commiserated with Gov Masari over the loss of lives from attacks by bandits, which include District Head of Yantumaki, Alhaji Atiku Maidabino, and APC Chairman in Batsari Local Government Council, Alhaji Abdulhamid Sani Duburawa.” the statement finally reads.