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Police neutralise two suspected terrorists in Katsina

By James Danjuma

The Katsina State Police Command says it has neutralised two suspected terrorists during gunfire exchange at Juga village, in Kankia Local Government Area of the state.

The command, in a statement signed by its spokesperson, SP Gambo Isah, said the incident occurred on Sunday.

It maintained that the terrorists had successfully kidnapped one Ibrahim Tafashiya, 60, and were moving him into the forest when the gunfire exchange ensued.

The statement, however, said that the abducted victim was rescued unhurt while an operational motorcycle belonging to the terrorists was recovered.

It also added that it had successfully arrested one Abdulrazak Ajibade, 58, a suspected Indian hemp dealer, and recovered 185 parcels of the substance.

It said that on Sunday, August 4, “at about 0230hrs, a distress call was received that terrorists numbering 11, on motorcycles, armed with AK-47 rifles, attacked the residence of one Alh. Ibrahim Abdullahi Tafashiya, aged 60, of Kankia LGA and abducted him to an unknown destination.

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“On receipt of the report, DPO Kankia led the tactical unit to the area and blocked the hoodlums at Juga village. The team engaged the hoodlums in a fierce gun duel and successfully repelled them.

“The kidnapped victim was rescued unhurt. In the course of scanning the scene, two terrorists were neutralized and one of their operational motorcycles recovered. Investigation is ongoing.”

The statement said on the same day “at about 1600hrs, based on credible intelligence, the command succeeded in accosting one Abdulrazak Ajibade, aged 58, of Ofa LGA of Kwara state, along Katsina- Dutsinma road, in possession of a motor vehicle, Volkswagen, maroon in colour, with registration number JBY 311 AA.

“In the course of the investigation, 185 neatly sealed parcels of dried leaves, reasonably suspected to be Indian Hemp were recovered inside the vehicle during police search. The suspect confessed to the commission of the offence and is assisting the police in their Investigation.”

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