The Katsina State Police Command has killed 17 suspected bandits that have been terrorizing citizens of the State.
This was revealed by the spokesperson of the command, SP Gambo Isah while parading some suspected kidnappers at the command headquarters in Katsina today (27-02-2020).
SP Gambo Isah also disclosed that the command also recovered 80 cows, 108 sheep and a donkey.
The police spokesperson said they swung into action following a distress call received that a large number of suspected bandits armed with AK47 rifles stormed Gurbi village, Kankara LGA of the State, killed four persons and rustled a large number of domestic and livestock animals.
He added that upon receiving the information, the Commissioner of Police, CP Sanusi Buba, directed the DPO in charge of the Kankara Division to lead Operation Puff Adder in collaboration with Vigilante groups to the scene, where the bandits were engaged in a shootout.
“The team succeeded and killed 17 suspected bandits and recovered eighty cows 80, 108 sheep and a donkey from the hoodlums earlier carted away from the village and other neighbouring villages.
“During the attack, the bandits killed one Alhaji Sanusi, of Yar-Bakaje, Akilu Isuhu, Bawa Gidan Mai Ruwa, Nana Husaini a female aged 25yrs of Unguwar Farin Dutse, Gurbi village and Muntari Sama’ila, aged 30yrs of Gidan Korau village all of Kankara LGA of Katsina state while three other persons sustained injuries.
“Some of the bandits managed to escape with gun shots wounds. Operatives are combing the nearby bushes for arrest of the fleeing bandits and recovery of their operational weapons. Investigation is ongoing”, he added
The command further expressed readiness to deal decisively with any criminal elements unprepared to embrace the amnesty issued by Governor Aminu Bello Masari of the state.
It could be recalled that the police last week gunned down five suspected bandits and made several arrests in the state.
The north-western region of the country has been worst hit by the activities of bandits.