The Katsina police have killed a bandit leader identified as Abdullahi Banmi and rescued a 65-year-old kidnap victim, Hajiya Hassana Zubairu, in Jigawa State.
The spokesman for the Katsina Police Command, SP Gambo Isah, confirmed the development on Friday, revealing that the incident happened on Thursday.
It was learnt that a gang of seven bandits, armed with weapons had, in the early hours of 29th June, 2021, stormed Rijiyar Samiya village, Sandamu Local Government Area of Katsina State, and kidnapped Hajiya Zubairu from her residence.
The bandits later demanded for N500m (five hundred million naira) as ransom.
Her son, Rabiu Zubairu, said the ransom was later negotiated down to N2.7m, which had not been paid.
Operatives of the Anti-kidnapping unit of the Katsina Police Command were, however, able to trace the kidnap victim to Gallu Hamlet in Yankwashi Local Government Area of neighbouring Jigawa State, where, in collaboration with their Jigawa State colleagues, rescued her and killed the bandits’ leader who was trying to escape with her during a gun battle.
The operatives consequently moved the corpse of the bandit and the rescued kidnap victim to the Katsina Police headquarters on Thursday evening.
SP Isah stated, “On 15/07/2021 at about 13:30hrs, based on credible intelligence, a combined team of police detectives, led by O/C Anti Kidnapping, busted and raided kidnappers hideout at Gallu hamlet, Yankwashi LGA of Jigawa state, engaged the bandits in a gun duel, killed the gang leader of the syndicate one Abdullahi Banmi, ‘M’, aged 50yrs, arrested two suspected members of the syndicate – one (1) Nana Ado, ‘F’, aged 35yrs and (2) Ibrahim Idi, ‘M’, aged 22yrs, and rescued a kidnap victim, one Hajiya Hassana Zubairu, ‘F’, aged 65yrs of Rijiyar Tsamiya village, Sandamu LGA of Katsina state.
“The fact of the case was that on 29/06/2021 at about 03:00hrs, bandits numbering seven, riding on motorbikes, armed with AK 47 rifles attacked the residence of the said Hajiya Hassana Zubairu, abducted her to unknown destination and demanded a ransom of five hundred million naira (N500,000,000:00K) from her family.
“The Professional skills, uncommon courage and tactical operational strategy adopted by the Police officers who arrived at the scene, made them to singularly isolate and shot at the gang leader, Abdullahi Banmi when on sighting the police team, he took the kidnapped victim on top of his motorbike and tried to escape with her. In the course of profiling the scene, two (2) suspected bandits were arrested and one (1) of their motorcycles was recovered.”
The police spokesman urged members of the public to cooperate with security agencies by giving them credible information on bandits and their collaborators, especially those supplying them with arms and ammunition, informants and other essential commodities.
SP Isah added” The Command assures members of the public that the command remain resolute and committed in the ongoing fight against recalcitrant bandits until they are arrested and dealt with according to the extant laws of the land.”