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Arrested bandits reveal that helicopter drops weapons for them in Katsina forest

Bandits arrested in Kankara LGA Katsina State

Aliu Musa, a 20 year old bandit, on Wednesday while speaking at the Katsina State Police Command Headquarters, revealed that he once witnessed as helicopter dropped weapons for his boss in the forest.

“I once saw that aircraft with fans on its head (obviously referring to a helicopter) drop weapons for my boss while we were inside forest at Dinja,” Musa who was paraded at the Command HQ said.

“It was hovering and was very near ground. The man inside would drop the weapons for my boss who would now couple the weapons for our use,” the bandit who was paraded alongside his 18-year-old colleague, Salmanu Isa, added.

He noted that the helicopter would deliver the weapons in broad daylight for his boss inside the Dinya Forest located in Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina.

“It is only my boss who would go and pick the weapons while we would be watching from where we stood,” Musa stated.

The bandit further revealed that he was paid N17,000 for each operation, adding that he had killed at least 5 persons.

Musa and Isa further revealed that their gang leaders who they identified as Sirajo and Bishir had fled. The bandits noted that they do not know their whereabouts.

ASP Anas Gezawa, the Katsina State Police Spokesman, while addressing journalists at the command, revealed that Musa’s gang had killed over 25 people.

“On 15th August, 2019, based on tip off, the Command arrested Salmanu Isah, 18 years old, of Danbago village, Kankara local government; and Aliyu Musa, 20 years old, of Chediya village, also of Kankara local government area.

“During the course of investigation, the suspects confessed that they were bandits that had been bedeviling Kankara village.

“The first suspect, Salmanu Isah, mentioned that they attacked some villages with his syndicate, where they robbed Zango village and went away with eight cows.

“He also confessed that he shot dead one person before going to rob at Santa village, where they snatched six sheep and some food items.

“They also went to Bela and Zango villages where they killed about 20 people and rustled two cows.

“Furthermore, they went to Omodo village and killed about five people and also rustled eight cows and six sheep.

“They mentioned one Sirajo and Bishir as their gang leaders.”

The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had few months ago in Kaduna revealed that over 70% of banditry and killings in Nigeria in the first quarter of 2019 happened in the North. And large percentage of these cases happened in the North-West.

Katsina, apart from Zamfara State (especially under previous administration), appears to be the most terrorised state in the North-West.

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