By Ishaq Zaki, Gusau.
The Police Command in Zamfara said it had neutralized a bandit and arrested six suspects for alleged banditry, kidnapping and cattle rustling.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Zamfara, SP. Muhammad Shehu, made this known via a statement on Thursday in Gusau.
Shehu also said that police operatives repelled one bandits’ attack and recovered two AK 47 Rifles, 104 rounds of live ammunition and two magazines and a bunch of charms.
“On Jan. 1, police tactical operatives, while on confidence building patrol along Gusau-Magami-Dansadau Road, received a distress call about plans by bandits to block the road and attack commuters and by extension some villages.
“The police operatives mobilised to the locations and engaged the bandits in a gun battle.
“One of the bandits was neutralised and the attack was repelled due to the superior firepower of the police operatives and the bandits retreated to the forest with possible gunshot wounds”, he said.
Besides, the PPRO said a police tactical team, while on confidence building patrol and stop-and-search operations, acted on intelligence information, which led to the arrest of two suspects for alleged kidnapping and cattle rustling.
“In the course of interrogation, the suspects confessed of being into kidnapping and cattle rustling in Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna and Niger states.
“The suspects further confessed that they belong to the gang of popular bandits’ kingpin, Bello Turji.
“On Jan.1, at about 1330hours, police tactical operatives, while on confidence building patrol/stop-and-search (operations), arrested a gang member of bandits’ kingpin, popularly known as Halilu Kachall,” he said.
“On Jan. 2, at about 1215 hours, police tactical operatives deployed along Gusau-Tsafe Road on rigorous patrol arrested other suspected bandits.
“In the course of investigation, the suspect confessed that they belong to a gang of bandits operating in Mada, Wonaka, Yandoto and Tsafe, under their gang commander, Malam Tukur,” he said.
Shehu said that Jan. 3, police operatives also arrested a notorious bandits’ informant, who had been supplying information to bandits operating in Kaura Namoda, Birnin Magaji , Zurmi and Shinkafi Local Government Areas of the state.
He added that the suspects, who were currently in police custody, would be charged to court after the conclusion of investigations.