- Six men suspected to be cattle-rustlers have been arrested in Katsina state
- The notorious six-man gang was apprehended with three truckloads of rustled cattle in Jibia
- Among the six suspects was an officer of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Abubakar Shafi’u
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The Nigerian police said it has arrested six suspected members of a notorious syndicate of cattle rustlers who are terrorising Katsina and Zamfara states.
Police made this known on Thursday, August 20, and added that the gang was apprehended by a combined team of Customs and police operatives operating at Jibia, thanks to credible intelligence.
Addressing pressmen on the arrest, the police public relations officer of Katsina state police command SP Gambo Isah said the suspects were busted with three trailer trucks loaded with 164 suspected rustled cows at Jibia local government area of Katsina.
He gave the name of the suspected cattle-rustlers as Muhammed Isah, Ibrahim Muhammed, Idris Muhammed, Alhaji Sa’idu Lawal and Usman Muhammad and Abubakar Shafi’u.
Isah said Shafi’u is an inspector of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) from the procurement department at the headquarters in Abuja with service number 36702.
"It may interest you to know that the command has also succeeded in arresting one inspector Abubakar Shafi’u with service number 36702 who is from the procurement department of the immigration headquarters, Abuja.
"He was arrested while escorting these vehicles. An investigation is ongoing into this matter," the public relation officer said.
Isah noted that the cattle were loaded from Zurmi local government area of Zamfara state and that they were being taken to Potiskum in Yobe state when the notorious rustlers were nabbed.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng Governor Seyi Makinde has given the order for the rearrest of the wanted 19-year-old ritual murderer, Sunday Shodipe, who escaped from the custody of the police.
Makinde gave the marching orders on Wednesday, August 19, through his special adviser on security, Fatai Owoseni, emphasising that the arrest of Shodipe must be made a top priority.
The governor said the security of lives and properties in Oyo state remains a priority and his government will not leave any stone unturned in ensuring that the perpetrator is brought back to book.
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