Katsina police kill notorious terrorist-gunrunner
By Faith Awa Maji, Katsina
The Katsina State Police Command says its men have killed a notorious bandit- informant who was also a gunrunner during an operation at Faskari Local Government Area.
Briefing reporters in Katsina on Saturday, the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Abubakar Sadiq Aliyu, noted that the operation also led to the recovery of a large cache of ammunition.
According to him, “on November 11th, 2023, at about 0330hrs, based on a tip-off on the activities of some suspected kidnappers wielding dangerous weapons such as AK 47 rifles, in a farm situated at the outskirts of Yankara village, Faskari LGA, Katsina State, the DPO Faskari promptly mobilised a joint team of police operatives, members of the vigilante and officers of the Katsina State Neighbourhood Security Watch Corps and responded to the scene.
“Upon noticing the presence of the operatives, the suspected kidnappers opened fire on the operatives to which the officers valiantly returned fire, forcing the terrorists to abandon their evil plan and fled into the nearby bush.
“While combing the scene, the body of one neutralised suspected kidnapper as well as 185 live rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, 90 live rounds of 5.56mm M193 type 06 ammunition, and the 13 Ak-47 magazines neatly concealed in a sack were recovered.
“The body of the neutralised suspected kidnapper and gunrunner was later identified as one Nazifi Ibrahim, 22 years old, of Unguwar Tsamiya village, Faskari LGA.
“Efforts are on with a view to arresting the fleeing suspects as the investigation proceeds.
“While praising the operatives’ professionalism, synergy, and bravery, the CP urged officers and DPOs to cultivate a high level of synergy with all relevant security agencies in their LGAs and also to work hand in hand with the state Neighbourhood Security Watch Corps for improved security of the lives and property of the citizens of the State.
“He also called on good citizens of the state to keep providing the command and other security agencies with crucial and timely information on criminal activities so that swift and decisive action could be taken to stop any criminal activity in the state and to report to the nearest police station any persons seen with suspicious injuries, as some of the bandits have escaped the scene with gunshot wounds.”