Troops crack down on rustlers in Katsina •Recover 294 animals, nab suspects
Posted by News Express | 2 October 2016 | 1,768 times
As part of military operations against livestock rustlers, armed bandits and kidnappers within its area of operations, troops of 1 Division of the Nigerian Army have recovered 294 animals comprising 137 rustled goats and 157 sheep from rustlers in Katsina State.
Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, Acting Director, Army Public Relations, disclosed in a statement issued on Saturday that the troops conducted clearance operations within Kaduna and Katsina states. In Katsina State, the troops carried out joint patrol at Nashambe village near Karoki in which two suspected livestock rustlers, Mallam Lawali Nakaduna and Yahuza Suleiman were arrested in Jibia Local Government Area and handed over to the Nigeria Police. The troops also arrested a notorious livestock rustler and armed bandit, Gide Maikwasara, who was shot while attempting to escape. The troops recovered several empty cases of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, two Dane guns, one cutlass, knife and local charms.
The Army Spokesman also disclosed that in Jajaiye village, Shinfida District, Jibia Local Government Area, troops arrested three suspected collaborators; Alhaji Muhammadu Jammu, Sani Jammu and Garba Bammi, while others fled, deep into the forest. The troops also recovered one locally made Dane gun, cutlass, sword, axe and arrows. The suspects and the recovered animals have been handed over to the Nigeria Police in Jibia.
The troops have embarked on aggressive patrols of bandits-prone local government areas of the state such as Dandume, Jibia, Kankara, Sabuwa and Safana.
“In Anchau and Kubau local government areas of Kaduna State, it was discovered that some members of local vigilante groups collaborate and supply information to the armed bandits. One of the arrested suspected collaborator and informants, Musa Magabe, stated that he supplied information to the bandits on troops and security agents’ movement and often points residence of uncompromising vigilantes and leaders for elimination. He further stated that he passed information to armed bandits in Falgore forest.
“The suspect is further being investigated and efforts are on to prevent such through proper screening of local vigilante.”