At least 15 suspects have been arrested in connection with banditry and cattle rustling by the Police in Katsina State.
Channels TV reports that the suspects were arrested across Danmusa and Batsari Local Government Areas of the State where a total of 228 cows along with 267 rustled sheep were recovered in their possession.
The Police spokesperson who disclosed this on Sunday, November 15, 2020, Mr Gambo Isah, said the suspects were arrested based on credible intelligence and also after, “a combined team of Policemen and vigilante were mobilised to Tsaunin Bala village, Danmusa LGA of Katsina State, based on the report that bandits numbering ten, armed with AK 47 rifles have escorted some suspected, rustled domestic animals to the village and returned back to the forest.”
Mr Isah said the team succeeded in arresting 11 suspected bandits led by one Alhaji Adamu, popularly known as “Shantal”, a notorious, wanted gang leader of bandits and recovered 185 and 54 sheep.
The Police in Katsina State had earlier on October 5, 2020, arrested 25 persons suspected to be members of various syndicates of bandits, kidnappers, and armed robbers terrorising innocent citizens of the State.
In a press briefing held at the Command Headquarters in Katsina to showcase the recent achievements recorded by the Command in the fight against banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery, and cattle rustling, the Police revealed that the suspects were arrested at different locations in the State.
Sheep numbering 62 belonging to a notorious gang leader of bandits terrorizing Kurfi, Dutsinma, Safana, and Kankia Local Government Areas of the State were recovered.
Other suspects arrested by the Police include drug peddlers and Indian hemp dealers all belonging to the gang of social miscreants otherwise known as Kauraye, as well as a 20-year-old Abubakar Aliyu of Rahamawa Quarters, Katsina in possession of sixty-three 63 pieces of 100 American Dollars denomination suspected to be counterfeit.
Mr Isah further observed that the crime rate in the State is drastically reducing to the barest minimum with the little pockets of crimes being recording in the State.