Katsina State Police Command has apprehended one alleged bandit, rescued a kidnapped victim, and recovered 120 stolen animals.
This was reported to newsmen on Saturday in Katsina by the command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Gambo Isah.
“On April 23, at approximately 02:30 a.m., a distress call was received indicating that bandits in their numbers, riding motorbikes and shooting sporadically with AK 47 rifles, invaded Kwana-Kodo village, Kankara Local Government Area, and kidnapped one Sanusi Adamu, 65.
“DPO Kankara guided Operation Puff Adder and the vigilante party to a potential escape path.
“Fortunately, the bandits passed through the police ambush point, and the squad engaged the hoodlums in a gun battle, killing one of the bandits and rescuing the victim,” he said.
He said that the gunned-down bandit’s body and a motorcycle were recovered, but that several bandits escaped with gunshot wounds.
In a related development, another distress call was received on April 22 at around 23:40 hours, claiming that 15 bandits armed with AK 47 rifles attacked Abadau village in the state’s Batsari Local Government Area and rustled livestock.
DPO Batsari, he said, led operations “Puff Adder” and “Sharan-Daji” to Zamfarawa village, where they planned an ambush.
“The hoodlums were engaged in a furious gun duel by the police/military team as they went through the said street.
“The hoodlums fled, leaving the rustled animals behind.
“During the investigation, 20 cows and 100 sheep were recovered,” he said.