Katsina State Government, has revealed bandits in the state use radio frequency walkie-talkies and have killed 213 people from July 2021 till date in 153 operations in different parts of the state.
Briefing newsmen recently, Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Inuwa Mohammad, gave an update on the Government Security Containment Order issued by Governor Aminu Masari two months ago to tackle security challenges in the state.
“A recent and most worrisome move by the criminals was the acquisition and use of Radio Frequency Walkie-Talkie Transceivers,” he stated.
He, however, said the government’s Containment Order of September had drastically reduced banditry and related crimes.
“In July and August, there were 173 reported kidnap incidents affecting 475 people.
“In September and October, however, only 61 kidnap incidents were recorded involving 201 victims, the SSG told newsmen on Thursday in Katsina.
“There were 97 banditry incidents resulting in 130 deaths and 57 injuries in July and August, while in September and October, there were 56 incidents, resulting in 83 deaths and 58 injuries.
“For cattle rustling, statistics showed 141 incidents in July and August when 1,347 cows, 345 sheep, 119 goats and 13 donkeys were stolen.
“In September and October, however, there were 56 rustlings with 676 cows, 109 sheep and 160 goats stolen,’’ he said.