A 20-year-old notorious bandit identified as Sani Mati also known as Mai Yanmata, has been arrested by the Nigeria Police Force, Zamfara State Command.
Gathered information revealed that Mai Yanmata, before his arrest is a popular bandit in Zurmi, Shinkafi, and Birnin Magaji local government areas of Zamfara State.
Parading the suspect on Thursday in Gusau, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Ayuba Elkanah said the suspect is a member of a notorious bandit kingpin, one Turji but now operating under another gang of a notorious bandit known as Kachalla Sani Black.
Kachalla Black is a known bandit who terrorises communities in Zurmi and Shinkafi axis of Zamfara State.
“On December 26, 2021, at about 0500 hours, police tactical operatives deployed along Zurmi axis while on confidence-building patrol acted on an intelligence operation that led to the arrest of a notorious bandit named Sani Mati also known as Mai Yanmata.
“The attempted bandit who was arrested while trying to block the road and kidnap innocent commuters at a village called Koliya, earlier belonged to a Turji camp but now operating under a notorious bandit kingpin Kachalla Sani Black who operates at Zurmi, Shinkafi axis respectively,” he said.
Items recovered from Mai Yanmata upon arrest are an AK-47 rifle, double Magazines, three rounds of live ammunition and one boxer motorcycle.
The police commissioner noted that the suspect who is currently undergoing discreet investigations, said the State Command will arrest his partners in crime before arraigning him in court for prosecution.
He equally pledged to feed the public with vital information recovered from the suspect in a bid to tackle banditry in the North-Western state.