The Police in Katsina says it has arrested syndicates that specialize in the sale of illicit drugs and fuel to bandits in the state. 

The Katsina Public Relations Officer, SP Gambo Isah said following intelligence reports, the Command on Tuesday, August 18, successfully carried out various sting operations and arrested criminal gangs selling illicit drugs and fuel to the bandits terrorising the region. 

According to the police, three men were arrested for selling illicit drugs to suspected bandits. They are; Sani Musa, 30, of Sheme village from Faskari Local Government Area, Nuhu Lawal, 30, of Yar Goje village from Kankara Local Government Area, and a 35-year-old Umaru Amadu, also known as “NO GREE” of Dutsinma Local Government Area. 

During the course of their investigation, the police recovered 550 D5 tablets, 39 Tramadol tablets and 230 Exol tables. 

Police say the suspects confessed that they committed the offence, adding that the search is on for their ring leader identified as Rabe Karofi also known as “Rabe Kwayu”.

Similarly, the Command arrested 5 members of a syndicate that specializes in sale of fuel in Jerricans to suspected bandits. 

The police recovered 5 dismantled stolen motorcycles hidden in a Golf motor vehicle with reg. no. AA 869 RMG suspected to have been received from the bandits in the forest.  

Below are the list of suspects arrested according to SP Gambo Isah:

1. Badaru Ibrahim, m, aged 25yrs of Tsiga village, Bakori LGA of Katsina state – 4 Jerricans loaded with PMS 

2. Abdulrahim Lawal m, aged 31yrs of Mararabar-Kankara, Malumfashi LGA of Katsina state – manager of filling station – aiding and abetting banditry in Katsina state

3. Imrana Abdullahi, m, aged 20yrs of Mararabar – Kankara, Malumfashi LGA of the state – pump attendant

4. Abdulsalam Muhammed, m, of Salnas filling station, Zaria Road, Funtua – pump attendant

5. Usman Umar, m, aged 27yrs of Maska village, Funtua LGA of Katsina state. 6 Jerricans Loaded with PMS

6. Abdullahi Isyaku, m, aged 33yrs of Fatika village, Giwa LGA of Kaduna state – was arrested with five stolen motorcycles and 16 empty Jerricans.  

In the course of investigation ten (10) Jerricans loaded with petroleum product and sixteen (16) empty Jerricans were recovered in possession of the suspects.


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