Katsina court begins trial of 4 suspected notorious bandits, cattle rustlers
Katsina Senior Magistrates’ Court being presided over by Hajiya Fadile Dikko had begun the trial of four suspected armed bandits terrorizing Danmusa Local Government of Katsina State.
The accused persons are a 21-year-old man, Mohammed Murtala who was arraigned before the magistrate and other accused persons simply as Saleh, Sule and Sani now at large.
During the court proceedings, the police prosecutor, Sergeant Lawal Bello, said the offences contravened sections 97, 305 and 306 of the Penal Code Law as well as Cap. 89, Law of Northern Nigeria.
The police accused Muhammad Murtala of refusing to disclose where he kept an AK-49 rifle, which he allegedly bought for N700,000.
He and his accomplices were alleged to have used the weapon to terrorise residents of the Danmusa Local Government Area.
Muhammad Murtala was also accused of receiving 10 cows as part of his share from a herd of cattle recently rustled from some herders.
He was also accused of kidnapping and forceful having carnal knowledge of a woman following the refusal of her family to pay the ransom for her release as demanded by his gang.
The police asked for additional time to enable it to conclude investigations.
The presiding magistrate, Hajiya Fadile Dikko, while granting the request, ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody till September 4, 2019, when the case is slated for mention.