DSS in Katsina arrested Lawyer, 3 others over suspected notorious bandits release
A Katsina-based practicing lawyer, Umar Farouk, and three others are currently in the custody of Department of State Services in Katsina State over alleged forgery of documents which led to the release of two suspected notorious bandits from the State Correctional Service, Katsina Post can authoritatively report.
The other three persons arrested are a local government official alleged to have forged a reference letter purportedly belonging to the District Head of Kankara; the Registrar of the State High Court 7 and another court staff.
Apart from the lawyer, the full identities of the other three persons were being kept secret by the authorities of the state judiciary pending the time the investigative panel set up on the incident by the Chief Judge, Justice Musa Abubakar, submits report.
The two suspects alleged to have been fraudulently released were Isiyaku Abubakar and Lawal Abubakar.
They were on remand at the Katsina Central Correctional Centre pending the time their case would come up at a state High Court.
The two suspects were remanded on the orders of Katsina Magistrate Court 1, where they initially appeared over alleged conspiracy, kidnapping and belonging to a gang of thieves.
The Magistrate Court remanded them since only High Courts can try such offences.
Investigation showed that trouble started for the four persons, including the lawyer, when the two suspects were released on bail unknown to the legal officer in the DSS, who was in charge of their (suspects) case.
It was learnt that a bail application for the suspects allegedly signed by the lawyer, bail bonds and a reference letter purported to have been written by the District Head of Kankara were presented to the Katsina Central Correctional Centre where the suspects were being remanded.
The development, it was learnt, led to the release of the two suspects, who reportedly carried out another operation at a place, where one victim was killed.
The incident also led to the discovery by the DSS legal officer that the two suspects had been released on bail without his knowledge.