Katsina gov’t demolishes another bandits hideouts
Katsina State Government has jointly with security forces demolished another house used by bandits as a hideout for their nefarious activities in Yartalata village of Kafur LG.
Addressing the Pressmen before the exercise, the PPRO Katsina State Police Command, SP Gambo Isa said the house belongs to one Ibrahim Masaja who is allegedly the kingpin of the bandits in that area.
He recalled that on the 18/1/2020 at about 3am a team of policemen led by the O/C SARS, Katsina, SP Andrew raided the house and rescued one Paul Lawal, 25 years who was kidnapped by the hoodlums from his family house at staff quarters of GGSS, Malumfashi.
He said during the police operation the said victim was discovered chained in a hut within the premises of Masaja’s house.
The PPRO said that the SARS succeeded in arresting one of the suspected bandits, named Muhammadu Bello, 2 loss their lives in an exchange of fire while the owner of the house is still at large.
In an interview, the arrested suspect Muhammadu Bello who led the joint team of the military, police and DSS and the Press to the demolishing exercise confessed to have participated in kidnapping Paul Lawal on the 4th January, this year and demanded for N15m ransom.
He however claimed to be a first timer who was lured into the nasty business by those already killed by the police.
The 4 bedroom mud house located at a scattered Fulani settlement was then demolished by the use of two tractors in the presence of the newsmen under heavily armed security personnel, headed by Major Ibrahim from the 35 Batallion, Katsina.
Later a group of youths who were overwhelmed by the situation from the environs took their turn chanting ” success has come ” we are now relieved from bondage of the wicked and set the place ablaze.
On coming out of the forest, the demolishing team was greeted by hundreds of people at the neigbouring Malamawa town who thronged on Malumfashi- Dankanjiba road hailing the team and showering encomiums on Governor Aminu Bello Masari for decisively dealing with the bandits.
Abdullahi Aliyu Yar’adua Director Press,