- Armed bandits operating out of abandoned forest reserves are ransacking communities in Nigeria's north-west, especially in Katsina state
- In fact, the recent attack by the masked men is the killing of a Divisional Police Officer’s (DPO) mother and brother
- This development has led to an upheaval in the state as the residents of the Danmusa LGA have taken to the streets to express their displeasure over the continued loss of innocent lives in the area
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This is as they took to the streets over a recent attack that claimed the lives of a Divisional Police Officer’s (DPO) mother and brother.
The protesters were said to have set some buildings on fire, including that of a retired classroom teacher, whom they accused of being an accomplice of bandits.
What really happened
It was feared also that the district head palace too was set on fire, but security agents were said to have been drafted to the area.
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A source disclosed that the victims were attacked and killed at their residence in the early hours of Tuesday despite a “peace deal” that was existing between the community and the bandits.
“There was a charade of a peace deal entered into by the local government chairman in which the bandits were allowed to come into town, buy whatever they wanted and leave unharmed, while on their part, they promised not to attack us.
“But I tell you, that peace deal is a scam, it did not prevent them from kidnapping for ransom and even killing victims,” he said.
More details unfold
Another resident who pleaded anonymity identified the two persons killed as one Usman Lawal Karzaje, the younger brother to the DPO of a police station Dutsi local government, alongside their mother.
“Before now, despite the peace deal, they kidnapped Alhaji Rabe Mainadi, after they collected ransom from him, they broke his arm, he is yet to recover from that.
“Secondly, they kidnapped the son of Alhaji Mani, collected N10m ransom and killed the victim thereafter. These are just a few examples of the situation we are in here,” the source said.
Meanwhile, the police spokesperson in Katsina, SP Gambo Isah, could not be reached for confirmation at the time of filing this report.
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In efforts to ensure the safety of his officers during the 2023 general elections, the inspector-general of police, Usman Baba, has ordered the distribution anti-riot equipment and kits to officers of the force nationwide.
The equipment include bullet-proof vests with armored plates, ballistic helmets, long and short-range tear gas for civil disorder management and stun guns.
The police boss made this known through the Force spokesman, Muyiwa Adejobi.
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In another report, Governor Masari signed an executive order banning the use of thugs and other thuggery activities in the state.
He signed the executive order as part of his effort to ensure that the 2023 general elections are credible and violence-free.
The development was made public through the governor's special adviser on security matters, Ibrahim Katsina, who noted that the essence of it is to give the voting public absolute freedom to elect their leaders in 2023.