The Katsina State Police Command has arrested a man, Haruna Yusuf and two of his sons for their alleged involvement in banditry and sale of dangerous weapons in the Kaita local government area of the state.
Yusuf confessed to the police that he and his sons had sold over “10,000 arms and ammunition to bandits in the forest.”
He and two of his sons; Shuaibu Haruna and Murtala Haruna were among 16 suspects paraded by the police on Monday at the Katsina command headquarters for alleged banditry and supply of weapons to bandits.
The police recovered two General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMG), one LAR rifle, and 179 Anti-Aircraft (AA) ammunition, the sum of three million, four hundred and thirteen thousand and five hundred (3,413,500) West African -CFA Franc were recovered from the suspects.
Yusuf, 47-year-old, with his sons; 18-year-old Shuaibu and Murtala; 20-year-old, lived and allegedly perpetrated their criminal activities in Sawarya village of the Kaita LGA.
The Katsina State Commissioner of Police, Sanusi Buba who briefed newsmen during the parade of the suspects and the display of the recovered items, did not reveal when the suspects were arrested.
The Commissioner, however, attributed the arrest and the recovery of the items to “credible intelligence”.
He explained, “Based on credible intelligence, the command has been following a lead on one Lawan Zayyana, ‘m’, aged 35 years of Muduru village, Mani LGA of Katsina State, a notorious bandit and arms and ammunition supplier to bandits in the forest.
“In the course of the investigation, the suspect was trailed and arrested alongside his cohorts.
“Consequently, Haruna Yusuf confessed to being the gang leader as he usually received the supply of arms and ammunition from the Niger Republic and handed over to Lawan Zayyana, Haruna Adamu, and Auwal Abubakar who would, in turn, take the supply to bandits in the forest.
“He confessed to having sold over 10,000 arms and ammunition to bandits in the forest.
“Furthermore, Haruna Adamu and Auwal Abubakar confessed to having severally trafficked these arms and ammunition to bandit at Gurbi and Dan- Magaji areas in Zamfara state.
Also recovered in their possession was seven motorcycles comprising five Kasea and two Royal brands.
CP Buba also stated that investigation into the crime is still ongoing.