Kidnapping, banditry on decline in Katsina

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The Katsina State Government said its Containment Order of September has reduced banditry and related crimes in the state.

“In July and August, there were 173 reported kidnap incidents affecting 475 people.

“In September and October, however, only 61 kidnap incidents were recorded involving 201 victims, Alhaji Mustapha Inuwa, Secretary to the State Government, told reporters on yesterday in Katsina.

“There were 97 banditry incidents resulting in 130 deaths and 57 injuries in July and August, while in September and October, there were 56 incidents resulting in 83 deaths and 58 injuries.

“For cattle rustling, statistics showed 141 incidents in July and August when 1,347 cows, 345 sheep, 119 goats and 13 donkeys were stolen.

“In September and October, however, there were 56 rustlings with 676 cows, 109 sheep and 160 goats stolen,” he said.

According to him, in an effort to bring the criminals to justice, 480 suspects were arrested between March and September; 42 are under investigation and 216 facing prosecution.

He added that from September to date, 244 suspects were arrested; 33 under investigation, and 80 facing prosecution.

“A recent and most worrisome move by the criminals was the acquisition and use of Radio Frequency Walkie-Talkie Transceivers,” Inuwa said.

He said the menace of informants had equally continued to be a recurring problem causing serious setbacks to the fight against kidnapping and banditry.

“The efforts of the security agencies are indeed commendable; especially the arrest of such elements, majority of whom are now facing prosecution.

“The driving objective is to arrest the emerging situation that is becoming a threat to peace, order and our collective well-being,” Inuwa stressed.

“The measure has also limited bandits’ access to cattle markets to sell off rustled and stolen animals to secure funds for purchase of arms and ammunition.

“Thus, we have witnessed a decline in all banditry-related activities,’’ he said.

He added that the measure was a collective resolve by Northwest states to rid the region of their common security challenges.

Inuwa explained that the order restricted communication, food and fuel supplies to suspected bandits and kidnappers.

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