By Bashir Bello
KATSINA – It was a breakthrough for the Nigeria Police Force and the Nigeria Immigration service, Katsina State Commands as the duo recorded series of arrests of criminals recently in the state.
In different operations carried out, the agencies said they arrested rapists, notorious human trafficker, seven victims of human trafficking, cattle rustlers, imposters and transborder drug barons.
The state’s commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Wakili said his men and officers succeeded in arresting no fewer than five rapists of minors.
Speaking while addressing newsmen shortly before parading the rapists, he gave the ages of their victims to be from 4 – 9 years old and from various local government areas across the state.
Rapists on rampage
According to Wakili: “one Nura Ibrahim, 26 years of Unguwar Gambo village, Malumfashi local government area of Katsina State and his uncle, Sani Haruna , 30 years conspired and raped a 9-year-old girl. As a result, she sustained serious injuries on her private part. The victim was later rushed to General hospital Malumfahsi for treatment. Investigation is ongoing.
“Also, one Abdullahi Sani, 25 years of Unguwar Namama village, Dandume local government area of Katsina State followed and raped a 7-year-old girl who went into a nearby farm to cut grasses for domestic animals.
“Another rapist who was arrested was one Jabiru Ahmed, 25 years of Dutsen-Reme village, Bakori local government area of Katsina State who lured and had an unlawful carnal knowledge of a 4-year-old girl inside his room.
“Similarly, on 5th August, at about 13:00hrs, one Abdulrashid Dalha aged 55years of Unguwar Dajin Mare village, Dandume local government area of Katsina State lured an 8-year-old girl into an uncompleted building and had an unlawful carnal knowledge of her. The victim was rushed to the General hospital Funtua for examination and treatment. Investigation is ongoing,” CP Wakili however stated.
Two drug peddlers with 79 concealed bottles of codeine arrested
The Police Command further said it arrested two notorious drug peddlers, identified as Hassan Muhammad and Umar Yusuf with 79 bottles of concealed codeine.
Wakili said the suspects used a label of Vitamin C on the bottle containing the codeine with cough syrup.
“On 12/08/2018 at about 13:30hrs, based on a tip off, the Command succeeded in arresting one Hassan Muhammad ‘m’, aged 22yrs, of Dandume Local Government Area of Katsina state and Umar Yusuf ‘m’, aged 23yrs, of Layout Quarters, Katsina in possession of seventy-nine (79) bottles of cough syrup with banned codeine. Investigation is ongoing,” he said.
Three cattle rustlers apprehended
Similarly, the Police Commissioner said it busted and arrested a notorious syndicate of cattle rustling at Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina state.
According to him, “On 09/08/2018 at about 18:00hrs, the Command succeeded in arresting a notorious syndicate of cattle rustlers at Batsari LGA of Katsina state.
“One Zaharadin Rabiu ‘m’, aged 21yrs of Dumburum village, Zamfara state, Nura Musa ‘m’, aged 31yrs and Jamilu Gambo ‘m’, aged 30yrs, all of Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina state were apprehended when they crossed the border from Zamfara and Katsina states with three (3) rustled cows belonging to one Lawal Abubakar, ‘m’, of Bungudu Local Government Area of Zamfara state. Investigation is ongoing into the matter,” he said.
Fake army officer arrested
An impostor, identified as Steven Yakubu, ‘m’, aged 67yrs who have been parading himself as a retired Brigade RSM of the Nigerian Army was also said to have been arrested by the police in the state.
The Commissioner of Police, said Yakubu defrauded one Benshima B. Nguesku of the sum of Seven hundred and forty thousand naira (N740,000:00K) with a pretext to secure him job. “On 14/08/2018 at about 21:00hrs, the Command succeeded in arresting one Steven Yakubu, ‘m’, aged 67yrs, of Old Legislative Quarters, GRA Quarters, Katsina, a notorious fraudster who has been parading himself as a retired Brigade RSM of the Nigerian Army. Nemesis caught up with the suspect when he defrauded one Benshima B. Nguesku ‘m’ of GRA Quarters, Katsina and others, of the sum of Seven hundred and forty thousand (N740,000:00K) with a pretext to secure them jobs in Nigeria Police Force, Nigeria Custom Service, Nigeria Immigration Service and Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps. Suspect has confessed to the crime. Case is under investigation,” the Commissioner of Police said.
The police however described the series of arrest as a breakthrough while pleading with the people not to hesitate to provide it with information that will lead to the arrest of disgruntled elements terrorizing the state.
On its part, the Katsina State Command of Nigeria Immigration Service, said its men also busted some illegal movements around the Nigerian border area.
The Command’s Comptroller, Mr. Joshua Olusola Ajisafe disclosed this while parading the suspects in the state.
Human trafficker recruiting victims for prostitution, slavery arrested
The Comptroller identified one of those paraded as Mrs. Asia Rita, a human trafficker who recruited victims for prostitution and slavery.
According to Mr. Ajisafe, “the trafficker and her suspected victims were arrested at Jibia Magama control post, Nigerian border area.
“Mrs. Rita was arrested in possession of a residence visa of the state of Libya and her passport which indicated that she was a frequent traveler who recruit victims for slavery, prostitution among others. Mrs. Rita was arrested alongside seven other victims of trafficking.
“The victims are aged between 11 – 44 years and all are Nigerian citizens. It may be pertinent to also note that the rescued victims are not all from the same state. Three them are from Oyo state, two from Lagos State, one each from Bayelsa and Ogun states respectively but they obtained their traveling documents at Ibadan. Five of them obtained their traveling documents on 25th July while the remaining two obtained theirs on 27th July, 2018.
“People are bent on trafficking. They devise means to beat the enforcement agencies but we will not relent and we will always be ahead of them to track them and their activities,” the Comptroller stated.
Interacting with Mrs. Rita, she said she had spent nine years in Libya and had a saloon, while she was also selling African food as well as being a cleaner at a hospital.
“I am not the leader. We only had conversation and they told me they were going to Libya and I told them I am going the same way.
“I have been in Libya for nine years. I do come around to check on my children because I am the one taking care of them. They stay with my mother, but the last time I came was in 2015, that time they (my children) were small. Now, when I came and was about going back, they were crying that they would follow me. I decided to take them along,” Mrs. Rita explained.
Trans-border drug dealer arrested
Similarly, the Comptroller said the command succeeded in intercepting and arresting one Mohammed Kabir, a trans-border drug dealer in possession of two high grade cannabis at the Babbar Ruga area of the state while trying to cross the Nigerian border to Niger Republic through the illegal route.
Mr. Ajisafe put the number of arrest made by his command within a period of a month (July 17th till date) at two suspected human traffickers and eighteen suspected victims of human trafficking.
“The suspected traffickers and the suspected victims will be handed over to our service headquarters in Abuja for further interrogation while Mohammed Kabir (Nigerien) will be handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA for further necessary action,” the Comptroller stated.