Seven suspects have been arrested by the Katsina State Police Command for supplying fuel to bandits in the state.
SP Gambo Isah, the police public relations officer for Katsina, disclosed this to newsmen on Tuesday.
On Sept 18, 2021, the command arrested a 32-year-old man from Maradi, Niger Republic, who was transporting fuel in a Passat vehicle.
The 28-year-old man who was arrested was also from Magamar Jibia and was driving a Passat.
A man, 50, belonging to Daddara Village, Jibia Local Government Area (LGA), was also arrested for suspected fuel transport in his Golf III car.
“We also arrested a 57-year-old man in his vehicle who was transporting fuel in Kofar Guga Quarters.
“Nemesis caught up with the suspects as they were on their way into the forest along the Katsina-Jibia road,” Isa said.
He added that the suspects confessed to selling the fuel on the fringes of the forest, in contravention of the Executive Order and other laws of the Federation.
According to him, the command had also arrested a 25-year-old suspect from Anguwan Nakaba village, Sabuwa LGA, suspected of supplying fuel to bandits in the forest.
“The suspect was observed coming frequently to a filling station in Dandume LGA to buy fuel in his Jincheng motorcycle.
So, there was a surveillance patrol at the filling station that secretly followed the suspect, who was eventually arrested at an unfinished building after taking the fuel to a Jerry can.
“During the course of investigation, the suspect confessed to the commission of the offense, adding that he traveled from Sabuwa LGA to buy the fuel and take it to the forest.” he said.
Additionally, the command arrested a 30-year-old man from Sabon Garin MotsoMotso village, Jibia LGA, suspected of being a notorious informer who supplied bread to bandits in the forest.
The suspect was subsequently arrested with some bread concealed inside a sack, after he was repeatedly told not to offer bread to bandits in the forest by both community leaders and security agencies.
Investigations are ongoing, according to Isah, and the suspect confessed to committing the offense.