Residents of Katsina metropolis and environs have expressed concern over increasing rate of crimes across the state.
Katsina Post, however, gathered some of the major crimes that rock Katsina which thrown people into fear and apprehension.
In the last one month, two high profile assassinations, kidnapping, car theft as well as frequent car battery and tire thefts have made people sleep with their eyes open and hang out less for fear of attack.
- In one of the incidents, a police Corporal Ibrahim Surajo, attached to central police division In Katsina, was shot dead by some gunmen and his rifle whisked away in lobby of a supermarket.
Surajo’s killing was coming three months after a similar attacked at the residence of former Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Coomasie where a police sergeant, Musa Ibrahim was killed and his rifle taken away and one Corporal Shitu Maikudi was injured during the attack.
- On the same day another business man identified as Saminu Gaye was killed inside his shop immediately after Magrib prayers at Magama Jibia and the gunmen took away his possession.
- In another incident, a gang of armed robbers recently blocked Kano-Katsina road precisely at Kankia town and robbed many unsuspecting passengers and a motorist.
- Later the gang entered the town and robbed a business man Alhaji Salisu Mai-Tiles before abducting his 14-year old girl, Khadija Salisu.
The abductors have demanded a ransom of N100m for her release.
- Abdulrashid Lawal, a university don whose Honda Civic car was stolen last month, described the situation as unfortunate and called for measures to restore sanity and order in the state.
- Local Bandits popularly called ‘Kauraye’ attacked Sabuwar unguwa community in which many injured in the process.
Alhaji Lawal Saidu a resident of Sabuwar Unguwa, said the most disturbing crime in his area was local bandits popularly called ‘Kauraye’ who were seriously disturbing the community.
“Regularly you will see them brandishing weapons mostly knives and cutlasses in the open, they fight among themselves making our area not safe,” he lamented.
Commenting on the unfortunate development, the spokesman of Katsina Police Command, DSP Gambo Isah said new techniques were adopted by the Command to address the situation.
He said policemen were stationed at strategic places to provide adequate security across the state, stressing that border police post were also strengthened as police area commanders and divisional police officers were rejuvenated in the renewed task.
He said people must support the police with useful information that would help them in checkmating c rimes in the state.
“Policing a society is a responsibility of all. We must put our hands on deck to help especially with vital information. Police can’t work in isolation, we need the cooperation of all to achieve our objectives,” he concluded.
Source: Kano Chronicles