By; SULAIMAN AHMED MISAU, KATSINA
In an effort to bring criminals to justice, 480 suspects were arrested, 42 under investigation and 216 under prosecution between March to September, 2021, Secretary to the Government of Katsina State (SSG), Dr Mustapha Muhammad Inuwa has disclosed.
Briefing journalists on the Containment Order recently signed by the state Governor, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari, Dr Muhammad Inuwa said from September to date on the other hand, 244 Suspects were arrested; 33 under investigation and 80 under prosecution.
Dr Inuwa said on the whole, the statistics with regards to banditry, kidnapping and cattle rustling from the commencement of the containment order to date has revealed a drastic reduction in the number of reported cases.
According to him, between July/August, 2021, there were a total of 173 reported kidnap cases affecting 475 persons, whereas for September/October, 2021, 61 kidnap incidents occurred with 201 victims.
On banditry cases for the same corresponding period, Dr Muhammad Inuwa said 97 incidents for July/August, 2021 with 130 deaths and 57 injured and 56 incidents for September/October, 2021 with 83 deaths and 58 injured.
For cattle rustling, he said the statistics was as follows July/August, 2021, 141 incidents affecting 1,347 Cows, 345 Sheep, 119 Goats and 13 Donkeys. adding that, September/October, 2021, 56 incidents affecting 676 Cows, 109 Sheep and 160 Goats.
He explained that, in spite of the success recorded since the commencement of the Containment Order,the bandits elements across front line local government areas have been unrelenting in devising new strategies aimed at circumventing the impact of the containment order.
The strategies range from attacking motorists/motorcycles to siphon PMS from their fuel tanks, ransacking communities and coercing villagers in to sourcing PMS on their behalf, he said.
He noted that, a recent and most worrisome move by the criminals was the observed acquisition of Radio Frequency Walkie Talkie Transceivers by the bandits which they have started using. Pointing out that, Security Agencies are however on their trail with a view to bringing the malpractice to an end.
Dr Inuwa said Government has noted with dismay on the engagement of some unscrupulous elements smuggling PMS to bandits enclaves and menace of informants has equally continue to be reoccurring decimal causing serious setbacks in the fight against kidnapping and banditry. adding that, majority of such elements have been arrested and now facing prosecution.
He emphasized that, the containment order has been strategically adopted to curb insecurity confronting Katsina state and the measure couple with the ongoing offensive operations by Security Agencies have significantly impacted on the ability of the criminal elements to traverse the forest and communicate with their informants or relatives of kidnap victims.
” This measure has also limited bandits access to cattle markets to sell off rustled and stolen animals in order to secure funds for purchase of arms and ammunition. Thus, we have witnessed a decline in all banditry related activities across Katsina state,” Dr Mustapha Muhammad Inuwa has said.
As he commended the efforts of the Security Agencies, Dr Muhammad Inuwa enjoined People of the state to give Government maximum cooperation through reporting activities of informants and people with suspicious character to the Law Enforcement Agencies. He describing the Containment Order as a child of necessity and has not been put in place to hurt or cause hardship to the citizens of the state.