Bandits impose N10m fines in Katsina communities over killing of their member, Ward head arrested for conspiracy

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BY MAYOWA SAMUEL

Uba Group

The police in Katsina State have arrested a Ward Head in the Faskari Local Government Area of the state, for conspiracy in the tragic incident that led to bandits imposing N10 million fines on residents in the area.

The State Police Command on Saturday confirmed the levy imposed by the bandits after a member of the community killed one of their colleagues operating in their forest area in the community.

According to the Public Relations Officer of the state command, SP Gambo Isah, the Ward Head (Maiunguwa) of the area, a 50-year-old Surajo Madawaki has been arrested for conspiracy over the development.

According to the statement by the police, it received a distress call on October 19 at about 9:00 am that a 35-year-old Yahaya Danbai of Gobirawa village in Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State was attacked by a suspected terrorist with AK-47 rifle while working on his farmland at the outskirt of the village.

He said the farmer summoned courage and overpowered his assailant, disarmed him and killed the terrorist.

He said after killing the bandit, he took the recovered AK-47 rifle to the house of his Ward Head, who, instead of reporting the matter to the police, rather called a suspected notorious terrorist commander and handed over the recovered AK-47 rifle to him.

Following this, the terrorists’ gang leader Hamisu, mobilized his gang, surrounded the village, brought out the farmer and killed him instantly, while placing a N10 million ransom on the community for killing one of their members.

The statement further added that since the incident, the said Ward Head, Surajo Madawaki went into hiding, until he was eventually arrested by a team of policemen and has since confessed to the offence, adding that the Maiunguwa, however, denied all the allegations against him.