Cops arrest rustlers, recover 70 cows

A 34-year-old cattle dealer, Alhaji Salisu Abdullahi, has revealed how he escaped death by the whiskers when he was attacked by cattle rustlers, who not only shot at him, but also made away with his herd of cattle.

Some of the attackers have, however, been arrested by a police patrol team.

Abdullahi spoke to Northern City News at the Katsina State Police Command headquarters on Monday, where his attackers were paraded.

According to Abdullahi, he and his brother were taking the herd of cattle to Kano and decided to pass the night in a village along the way when it became too late to proceed with the journey.

He said they were already sleeping when they heard gunshots and before they knew what was happening, the rustlers had swooped on them and shot him in his left arm.

Abdullahi stated, “After the rustlers had shot at me, I laid still, pretending to be dead. They shook me, felt my pulse and eventually left me for dead.

“The rustlers left with my cattle, 70 in all, and I later crawled to the nearby shrub where I raised the alarm, which made the villagers to send distress calls to the police.

“It was the police that assisted us in arresting the hoodlums and rescued all my cattle.”

The state Police Commissioner, Muhammadu Wakili, confirmed the development, which he said occurred last Saturday.

He gave the names of the arrested suspects as Mohammed Tukur (30) of Kubau Local Government Area of Kaduna State; Ibrahim Umar (18) of Maidabino village, Danmusa LGA; and Musa Sani (19) of Kankara LGA, Katsina State.

The commissioner said the three suspects were arrested on November 17, 2018, following a distress call received by the Divisional Police Officer of Malumfashi Local Government Area, SP Atiku, and his team.

Waikili said, “The police team had a fierce encounter with the hoodlums and succeeded in arresting some of them.

“In the course of investigation, two AK 47 rifles with Breech Nos.1968TH5545 and 1975842222; 39 rounds of live ammunition and 19 rounds of blank ammunition were recovered from the suspects. Investigation is ongoing with a view to arresting other members of the syndicate.”

Also paraded were Samaila Ya’u (35) and Sanusi Bello (30), both of Gangara village, Malumfashi LGA of Katsina State, who were arrested on November 12 for attempting to kidnap one Mallam Magaji Umaru, of Kuriri village in the same LGA.

The police commissioner said the duo had confessed to the crime.

He said, “In the course of investigation, the suspects confessed to belonging to a gang of kidnappers/ cattle rustlers operating in the Birnin-Gwari forest and were invited to the Rugu forest for their nefarious activities.

“The sum of N20,000 was found in possession of Abubakar Saidu, who confessed that the money was the proceeds of kidnapping. The suspects confessed to various kidnappings carried out within and outside the state.”
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