Falgore forest cattle rustlers, kidnappers invade Bauchi state

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By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi.
Security operatives in Bauchi will have some forces to contend with following the influx recently of kidnappers and cattle rustlers from Falgore forest in Kano state that transcends a number of neighbouring northern states, now having field days in Bauchi state.
Already, Police operatives in Bauchi State have arrested over 50 of the suspects within the past two months, out of which 31 were apprehended this month of June, according to Bauchi Police spokesman, DSP Haruna Mohammed.
“The security joint patrol team has within the past two months arrested over 50 of the hoodlums. From the beginning of this month of June to date, we have arrested 31 of them and saved 17 victims comprising 10 women and seven children from the hoodlums”, he said.
According to him, the police operative have recovered various arms and ammunitions from the suspects, explaining further that security operatives in Bauchi state are already on the hunt of the hoodlums.
Areas being ransacked by the kidnappers and cattle rustlers, according to reports, included the famous Falgore forest neighbouring Local government Areas of Ningi, Toro, Ganjuwa and Darazo in Bauchi state where the hoodlums perpetrate their nefarious activities.
Gwuiwa village vigilante group chairman in Ningi Local Government Area, one of the areas where the hoodlums perpetrate their atrocities, Mallam Sa’adu Wada said the suspects when they kidnapped a person normally request for ransom ranging between N1.5 million, N3 million and N5 million from victim.
“We are highly disturbed by the activities of the hoodlums who when they kidnapped a person or persons usually take them to nearby Falgore, Lame/Bura and Balmo forests and they have kidnapped a number of people in our area in recent times”, Wada said.
Mallam Sa’adu Wada, who revealed that the hoodlums recently kidnapped three persons in the area, said they were aware of the dens of the hoodlums and could even locate their hideouts in the Falgore forest which was often spotted with lights at night.
Wada, while explaining that they have severally lodged their complaints to relevant authorities but yet no remedy to the situation, called on the Bauchi state government to look into their predicament.
It was however learnt that the large size of the Falgore forest coupled with lack of access roads into it, inter-change of the hoodlums’ hideouts and communication problems have been the major obstacles of security operatives to get to the roots of the situation.

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