- The police in Zamfara state have arrested Bello Rugga, a bandit commander behind series of attacks
- In the process of arresting the criminal, about five others bandits were killed by the security outfit in Zamfara
- The criminal was in charge of Gummi, Gidan Bita, Malanjara and Kagara forest in Gummi LGA of the state
Ayuba Elkanah, commissioner of police in Zamfara, says the command has arrested one Bello Rugga, a notorious bandits’ commander.
Elkanah disclosed this on Saturday while parading the suspected crime kingpin alongside 21 other suspected bandits and their collaborators in Gusau.
He said five other bandits were killed during a raid in Gummi LGA of the state.
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“On October 1, 2021, police tactical operatives on anti-banditry operation around Gummi axis, acted on intelligence report, stormed Gidan Bita, Malakar and Kagara forest, and arrested one notorious bandits’ commander, Bello Rugga,” the statement reads.
“The suspect who happens to be a commander to a wanted bandits gang leader, popularly known as Turji.
“Rugga was in charge of Gummi, Gidan Bita, Malanjara and Kagara forest in Gummi LGA of the state.
“He has coordinated series of attacks in the area that led to the unwarranted killings of innocent people and kidnapping of many others for ransom.”
Elkannah said the suspect had many bandits under his command at the time of his arrest, adding that AK47 rifles and ammunition were recovered from him.
According to him, the suspect is currently in police custody undergoing investigation.
He said two other suspected bandit collaborators were also arrested while conveying large consignments of drugs, bags of cannabis, and petrol to the bandits’ camps.
He said the bandits killed during the operation were behind many attacks in different parts of the state, especially the Zamfara West senatorial district.
Nigeria @ 61: Military restates commitment to end Boko Haram, banditry
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Armed Force has assured the people of the country that the activities of Boko Haram insurgents and bandits would soon be a thing of the past.
Legit.ng reported that the assurance was given on Wednesday, September 29, by the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor, at an Open Ears Press Dialogue 2, organised via zoom.
In his response to the questions posed by the participants, Irabor said the military would not rest on its oars, saying that they need to engage other stakeholders to end the insurgency in the country.
Emir declares death for bandits
In what will gladden the heart of many Nigerians given its bluntness, the Emir of Katsina, Abdulmuminu Usman, declared death for bandits.
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According to the respected emir, bandits killing people in the northwest deserve nothing but death. He declared this while speaking during a security stakeholders' meeting in Katsina.
He insisted that since the bandits have decided to go after people’s lives, they also ”don’t deserve to live”. Going further, he called for speedy prosecution of the criminals. He said the delay in prosecuting them will be counterproductive since it won't serve as a deterrent.