27 gunmen shot dead as Police step up onslaught against bandits

27 gunmen shot dead as Police step up onslaught against bandits

Idrisu Dabban Dauda, Commissioner of Police Katsina in a statement on Friday said, the state police command have recorded the death of 27 bandits, rescued 393 kidnapped victims and sent for prosecution 1,116 suspected criminals.

Dabban made the disclosure at the commissioning ceremony of the newly built modern Divisional Police Headquarters, at Dandagoro town in Batagarawa LGA of Katsina State on Friday.

He also spoke on the achievement of the Katsina Police Command under his watch, giving the summary of crime statistics in the state from 14th February, 2022, to date.

He said, “A total number of 1,503 suspected criminals were arrested in connection with 1,024 reported cases, while a total number of 1,116 arrested suspects are undergoing prosecution in various competent Courts of Law in the State.

“267 suspected Armed Robbers were arrested and charged to Court, 304 suspected Kidnappers were also arrested and charged to court. While 393 kidnap victims were rescued from the hands of kidnappers, and 27 bandits were neutralized during various encounters with our men.

“Five hundred and twenty-six (526) suspected cattle rustlers were arrested during the period under review while One thousand, three hundred and sixty-six (1,366) cows, one thousand, two hundred and eleven (1,211) sheep, 271 goats and 10 donkeys were recovered from the hoodlums.

“209 suspects were arrested in respect of 169 reported cases of rape and unnatural offences which have been charged to court.

“64 victims of human trafficking were rescued in six reported cases of human trafficking which have been transferred to NAPTIP office in Kano.

“Six suspected stolen motor vehicles were also recovered during the period under review CP Dabban further disclosed that the following arms and ammunition were also recovered: 12 AK 47 rifles, one Makarov pistol, two locally made rifles, locally made guns, and 7.62MM ammunition.

The Katsina Police Commissioner appreciated the IGP for his efforts on the ongoing fight against terrorism in the North-Western states. He noted specifically that the IGP deployment of more than ten (10) units of both Police Mobile Force (PMF) and Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) personnel with complimentary operational equipment such as Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs), patrol vehicles as well as arms and ammunition to the Katsina Command has tremendously assisted in the ongoing fight against banditry in the state.

Against the backdrop of the war against criminal elements, especially bandits and kidnappers, the Police in Katsina State has within the past four months, arrested a total of thousand, five hundred and three (1,503) suspected high-profile suspects in connection with different violent crimes.

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