Police arrest ‘bandits’ commanders’ in Katsina, rescue kidnapped women, babies

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The Police Command in Katsina State says it has arrested two suspected commanders of the armed bandits terrorizing some parts of the State.

A statement by the command’s spokesman, SP Gambo Isa on Tuesday, said two informants were also arrested while about ten women and babies were rescued from the armed men.

The PPRO disclosed that officers of the command engaged the assailants in a gun duel prior to the arrest.

According to him, “On Sept. 20, 2021, the Command was able to arrest a 30-year-old man from Sabon Garin Faguwa community in Dutsinma Local Government Area (LGA), who was residing in the forest.

“The suspect is a notorious bandit commander under the command of Sani Muhidinge, who has been on the wanted list of the police in the state.

“And also, the command arrested another notorious bandit, a 22-year-old man of Mai Gezoji, Tashar Mai Alewa, Danmusa LGA of the state.

“The fact of the case was that on Sept. 15, 2021, armed bandits in their numbers on foot, shooting sporadically with AK-47 rifles and other weapons, attacked Kitibawa village in Dutsinma LGA.

“The bandits killed two villagers during the attack, set some shops ablaze and kidnapped 18 women with their seven babies.

“On receipt of the report, Area Commander Dutsinma, ACP Aminu Umar, led a team of Policemen to the area, blocked the bandits and engaged them in a gun duel.

“The doggedness, uncommon courage and tactical operational strategy adopted by the police officers made the bandits flee into the forest with varying degrees of bullet wounds”.

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