At least seven suspected informants for bandits and terrorists have been arrested by the Police in Katsina State.
It was learnt that the suspects were arrested based on credible intelligence on August 8th, 2022 at about 0800hrs.
The suspects all from Layin Kwari, Danja LGA include; Aliyu Ismail, ‘M’, aged 30yrs, Kabir Aminu, ‘M’, aged 26yrs, Shagari Abubakar, ‘M’, aged 28yrs, Umar Garba, ‘M’, aged22yrs, Sani Lawal, ‘M’, aged 30yrs, Murtala Abubakar, ‘M’, aged 25yrs and Basiru Abdullahi, ‘M’, aged 25yrs.
The State Commissioner of Police, CP Idrisu Dabban Dauda stated this on Wednesday while parading the suspects at the command headquarters, Katsina to announce the recent achievements recorded by the officers in the ongoing onslaught against crime and criminality in the state.
He recalled that sometime in June 2022, the syndicate attacked the residence of one Abdullahi Muhammad of Layin Kwari village and injured him.
The suspects, according to Dauda, also kidnapped the victim’s wife and mother, who were rescued by a combined team of police and vigilantes while being taken to a forest.
“Similarly, on 07/08/2022 the same syndicate returned to the village, attacked the residence of one Yunusa Danjuma, broke into his provision store, and stole away assorted goods valued three hundred and ninety-three thousand naira (N393,000:00K).
“Equally, they proceeded to the house of one Alhaji Murtala Yakubu and kidnapped his wife, one Fatima Murtala, ‘F’, aged 25yrs of the same address to an unknown destination. In the course of an investigation, suspects confessed to the commission of the offences,” he added.
In a related development, the Police on August 12th, 2022 at about 0300hrs, raided a terrorist’s hideout at Babban Duhu village in Safana LGA of Katsina State and engaged them in a gun duel, recovering one AK-47 rifle with thirty-nine (39) rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition.