…As young men turn into daring bandits!***
They are young, daring, armed and have no qualms in using the deadly guns they carry. Welcome to the world of Nigeria’s dangerous, youthful bandits.
Arguably, the parents failed the society; and the latter failed the nation.
At about 03.00hours on Thursday, 27/02/2020, the Katsina Police Command received a distress call that bandits in their numbers, armed with AK 47 rifles stormed Gurbi village, in Kankara LGA of Katsina state, and killed four persons; and thereafter, rustled large number of domestic animals, even though they got a fierce resistance from the local vigilante groups.
Consequently, the Commissioner of Police, Katsina state Sanusi Buba, directed DPO Kankara Division to lead Operation Puff Adder in collaboration with Vigilante groups to the scene.
The bandits were engaged in a shootout along with some vigilante members. The team succeeded and killed 17 suspected bandits and recovered 80 cows, 108 sheep, and a donkey from the hoodlums earlier carted away from the village and other neighboring villages.
But the bandits had killed one Alhaji Sanusi, of Yar-Bakaje; Akilu Isuhu, m, Bawa Gidan Mai Ruwa; Nana Husaini, f, aged 25yrs of Unguwar Farin Dutse, Gurbi village, and Muntari Sama’ila, m, aged 30yrs of Gidan Korau village all of Kankara LGA of Katsina state. Three other persons also sustained injuries.
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According to SP Gambo Isah, the PPRO of the State Police Command, some of the bandits managed to escape with gunshots wounds and operatives were now combing the nearby bushes for the arrest of the fleeing bandits and recovery of their operational weapons.
Meanwhile, some armed robbers had on the 24/02/2020 at about 03:00hrs, attacked one Najif Ahmed Maska, m, at Zaytoon House and Bakery, GRA, Funtua LGA of Katsina state and robbed him of the following items: Plasma Television, HP Laptop, an iPhone Handset, TV Game, and a Solar Battery.
A Joint Police and military patrol team immediately dispatched to the scene of the crime, engaged the hoodlums in a gun duel.
The teams succeeded and arrested one Anas Salisu, aged 24yrs of Sabon Layi, Funtua, who sustained gunshot on his right leg while other members of the syndicate took to their heels and escaped.
Later, in the course of investigation three more members of the syndicate were trailed and arrested.
The State Police Command gave their names as Abdullahi Nasiru, m, aged 22yrs of Project Quarters, Funtua LGA of Katsina state; Ashiru Lawal, m, aged 25yrs of Rijiyar Lemo Quarters, Kano state and Ibrahim Shitu, m, alias “Dandigiri” of Sabon Layi Quarters, Funtua LGA of Katsina State.
In a related development, the men of Operation Puff Adder led by DPO Danmusa busted a notorious syndicate of bandits, armed robbers, and kidnappers terrorizing Danmusa LGA of Katsina state and its environs, on 23/02/2020.
The bandits were rounded up at their hideout in a location at Danmusa forest.
Those arrested were: Aminu Ibrahim, m aged 20yrs; Jamilu Abubakar, m, aged 20yrs, and Abubakar Bala, m, aged 20yrs, all of Kanawa – Dan-Ali village, Danmusa LGA of Katsina state.
In the course of the investigation, members of the syndicate confessed to having masterminded the armed robbery attack at the residence of one Alhaji Aminu, m, of Burunkuza village, Kankia LGA of Katsina state among others.
So each time you hear of bandits attacking innocent Nigerians, think of their ages; and each time you hear of bandits being killed, understand again, how parental failures have led to the nation’s vibrant youths being freely killed!