In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 15th, August, 2020

How Bandits Dressed As Girls Stormed Katsina, Kidnapped Two, Shot One

How Bandits Dressed As Women Stormed Katsina, Kidnapped Two, Shot One

Khadija, kidnapped woman

Final week, actions of bandits and kidnappers in Katsina State took a brand new dimension.

They now costume as girls in lengthy robes to hide their weapons.

On different events, they put on male outfits with the normal headgear (turban) to penetrate the communities.

Banditry has been on the rise in some locations within the state, forcing some residents to protest, with a name for the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari, who can be from the state.

They advanced from boarding tricycles to assault passengers and utilizing bikes, to disguising as girls carrying lengthy robes, popularly known as Abaya and Hijab. They adopted this technique to assault the Kauyen Baidu Sabuwar Unguwar space of Kurfi city, abducting two individuals and capturing one other final week.

Residents stated the brand new techniques might be lethal as a result of a number of girls are wearing an identical method within the predominantly Muslim neighborhood. They stated the women-cover utilized by the bandits was the second assault in a month. The residents stated with the brand new strategy, the bandits evaded detection by the neighborhood’s vigilante group.

However the chairman of the vigilante group, Nura Liman, stated they’d learnt from the final assault and reviewed their operations, consistent with the peculiar challenges.


“Henceforth, we have now resolved that girls should not be seen outdoors after eight pm. They should be indoors,”
he stated

Witnesses stated over the past assault that led to the brand new operation technique of the vigilante group, about 20 bandits packed their bikes behind a hill on the outskirts of the neighborhood and walked down, lined in girls attires about 9 pm.

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Residents stated the bandits hid their weapons beneath their cloths whereas darkness offered further cowl for his or her operations. The locals stated the bandits had earlier kidnapped two girls within the city.

Final Sunday’s operation led to the kidnapping of the daughter of the Dean of Pupil Affairs on the Federal College, Dutsinma, Dr Muttaka Mamman. The sufferer, Khadija, 11, was kidnapped alongside a mom of seven, Murja Umar, whereas Ibrahim Yar Gashe was shot in his leg. The injured resident is recuperating in a hospital.

Dr Mamman stated the bandits attacked about 9pm.


“My son, Umar, was strolling residence from their aunt’s home with the woman that was kidnapped when she was whisked away. My son noticed about 10 girls with hijabs coming in direction of them and have become suspicious. She tried to get away however one climbed into the balcony and took her away,”
he stated, including that they awaited communication from the bandits.

Shamsiya who was fortunate to have escaped

Shamsiya Faruk, who was held by the bandits however escaped stated, “I heard gunshots as I used to be consuming with my husband. I attempted to expire however was held again by my husband.

My sister, Murja, saved calling for assist. I went to the door, opened it, then one of many bandits grabbed my leg. I managed to take away all my cloths and ran away,” she stated.

She stated that through the scuffle, her husband was pulling her, in addition to the bandit. including that the bandit shot at her husband however missed.

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Shamsiyya’s husband, Faruk Mohammed stated, “When my spouse opened the door, a shot was fired, which narrowly missed me and put a gap via the gate. You may see it (pointing on the door).”

He stated he was fortunate to be alive. “They have been cruel. They took Murja forcefully regardless of her shout for assist,” he stated.

The husband of the kidnapped Murja, a retired driver, Ahmed Kurfi, was confused when he was instructed concerning the abduction of his spouse. “I used to be on the mosque when the incident occurred. I heard gunshots, which made me come residence, solely to seek out out what occurred.”

Some residents who witnessed the operation stated they have been caught off guard. A resident, Mohammed Lawal stated, “We have been sitting at the hours of darkness on a bench once we heard gunshots; earlier than you knew it, all of us dispersed for security.”

Whereas some communities are nonetheless grappling with find out how to evolve new security methods, many residents have fled.

A fortnight in the past, the bandits ransacked a number of villages, together with Kureci, Giye, Gurza, Gurzan Kuka, Makanwaci, Didu, Ukalawa, Tsasr Mangwaro, Sanawa and Unguwar Bera within the neighbouring Dutsinma Native Authorities Space, the place many villagers have been dislodged and an undisclosed variety of animals carted away.

When Day by day Belief Saturday visited the realm, girls and kids have been seen carrying their remaining belongings and fleeing their neighborhood.

Fatima Abbas from Dogon Ruwa village stated, “I worry for my life and I’ve to maneuver as a result of our villages got here beneath assault.”

One other girl, Barira Suleiman from Kurechi village, who was along with her eight youngsters, stated, “I’m relocating to Karhi village to squat with a relative. I used to be fortunate to be secure this time, however I don’t know what could occur afterward.”

For worry of assaults, The Federal College, Dutsin-Ma, which predominant campus is positioned across the space, has banned its employees from the primary campus for official engagements.

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In a press release by the college’s appearing director of public relations and protocol, Habibu Matazu, the vice chancellor of the college, Prof Armaya’u Hamisu Bichi, directed members of employees to work from the establishment’s takeoff campus till additional discover.

Confirming the incident, the spokesman of the state police command, SP Gambo Isa, stated the bandits, armed with AK47 rifles, attacked the village, capturing indiscriminately. He stated they kidnapped a lady and shot one Ibrahim Yar Gashe within the leg. Based on him, the shot sufferer is presently receiving therapy in a hospital.


“Males of Operation Puff Adder and Saran Daji are making efforts to rescue the woman,”
he added

He stated the police have been doing their greatest to eradicate banditry within the state, including that three of the bandits have been killed final week, whereas six bikes, 30 cows and 60 sheep have been recovered.  He stated three suspected bandits have been additionally arrested.

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Supply: Day by day Belief

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