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Police Apprehends 3 Repentant Boko Haram Members Working For Kastina Government

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The police in Katsina have apprehended three repentant bandits for robbery and cattle rustling in Ingawa Local Government Area of the state. 

Spokesperson of Katsina State Police Command, Superintendent Isah Gambo, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, September 1.

According to him, the suspects who are repentant Boko Haram members had been working in collaboration with the Katsina State Government and security agencies. 

Gambo said one of the three suspects, Abdullahi Mai-Rafi, was a notorious bandit working under the office of Special Assistant to the State Governor on Security since he repented. 

"On 25/08/2021 at about 1230hrs, the Command succeeded in arresting the trio of one Abdullahi Mai-Rafi, ‘M’, aged 43 years, of Kofar Marusa Lowcost, Katsina, (2) Abbas Haruna alias Dogo-Abbas, ‘M’, aged 34 years of Filin Polo Quarters, Katsina and (3) Usman Hassan, ‘M’, alias Manu, aged 50 years of Ganuwa village, Charanchi LGA of Katsina state, repentant notorious bandits, working in collaboration with the Katsina state government and security agencies," Gambo stated. 

"The fact of the matter was that on August 8, 2021, at about 11:00hrs, the trio went to Danmark forest, Ingawa LGA, with a motor vehicle Toyota, Camry, ash in colour, with registration number DE 631 LED, attacked a herder, one Alhaji Gide Suleiman of Malumafashi LGA while grazing his animals, with machetes and sticks.

They also searched and robbed them of the sum of forty thousand naira and four (4) GSM handsets.

Subsequently, on August 24, 2021 at about 0730hrs, the same syndicate of Abdullahi Mai-Rafi and three (3) others, attacked the complainant on the same false allegation and attempted to rob him of another set of twenty cows and some sheep, but nemesis caught up with them when they were rounded up and arrested by the Command.

"In the course of the investigation, suspects confessed to the commission of the offences.

"The Gang leader Abdullahi Mai-Rafi confessed to having conspired with the others and sold all the cows at Dankama market, Kaita LGA of the state.

"Two cows and the sum of four hundred and forty-four thousand nairas were recovered as exhibits from their possessions.

"It may interest you to know that Abdullahi Mai-Rafi, was a notorious bandit but repented and was working with the state government under the office of S. A. Security." The statement added.

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