Po­lice ar­rest 69 cat­tle rustlers, ban­dits in Kano

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The Kano State Po­lice Com­mand yesterday said it ar­rested 69 sus­pected cat­tle rustlers and other no­to­ri­ous armed rob­bers in the last one month.

The State Com­mis­sioner, Mr Muham­mad Katsina, dis­closed this when he vis­ited Gi­danKare vil­lage in Su­maila Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area. The vil­lage had been de­serted by res­i­dents due to in­ces­sant at­tacks by armed ban­dits.

The po­lice com­mis­sioner was in the vil­lage to as­sess the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion and map out strate­gies to rid the area of the men­ace.

Katsina said of the num­ber ar­rested, 46 sus­pects were among the most wanted armed ban­dits in the area, while the re­main­ing 23 sus­pects were ar­rested for cat­tle rustling.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the po­lice also re­cov­ered 20 goats and sheep, 31 ri­fles and pis­tols, 240 car­tridges of am­mu­ni­tion and 68 cat­tle out of which 30 had been re­turned to their own­ers.

Katsina also said that the po­lice had ap­pre­hended a no­to­ri­ous leader of an armed rob­bery gang pop­u­larly known as Datti Rodi in Gani vil­lage.

``The gang leader has about 200 mem­bers who have been ter­ror­iz­ing the com­mu­nity,’’ he said.

He said the sus­pects were co­op­er­at­ing with the po­lice in their in­ves­ti­ga­tions and that they would soon be charged to court.

The po­lice chief at­trib­uted the suc­cesses recorded within just one month to the re­silience of his men and the con­tin­u­ous on­slaught on the hood­lums.

The com­mis­sioner called on those who fled their vil­lages due to the ac­tiv­i­ties of armed ban­dits to re­turn point­ing out the com­mand had put in place mea­sures to en­sure safety of their lives and prop­erty.

He said that the com­mand would soon de­ploy more po­lice­men to the vil­lages to en­hance se­cu­rity.

``By our in­ter­ven­tion, the de­serted vil­lages of Karasa, Mur­mushi, Gomo, Bu­rum-bu­rum, Gani, Masu, Sitti and other sur­round­ing vil­lages have now been se­cured. This has en­cour­aged the peo­ple to re­turn to their re­spec­tive vil­lages,’’

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