Nigeria – One of the most wanted kidnappers in Katsina State, Surajo Mamman a.k.a. Kutaku has been arrested by eagle-eyed operatives of Katsina State Police Command.
The 50-year-old notorious bandit and kidnap kingpin according to the Katsina Police Command spokesperson, SP Gambo Isah, who paraded the suspect and 12 others on Wednesday on behalf of the State Police Commissioner, CP Sanusi Buba, at the Command Headquarters in Katsina confirmed that Surajo Mamman alias “KUTAKU” (50-years-old) from Tulun Busawa village is a notorious kidnapper terrorising the state before he was arrested on September 16, 2021, at about 1300hrs.
Isah said in the course of the investigation, the suspect confessed to being under the command of one Sani Muhidinge, a notorious bandit leader hibernating in Rugu forest.
“He also confessed to have participated in so many attacks, kidnappings and cattle rustlings across Dan Musa, Safana, Dutsinma and Batsari LGAs villages.
“Mamman further confessed that he could not remember the number of persons he killed or kidnapped in his 15 years old business”, Isah said.
The suspect in an interview said, “Actually, I didn’t really see anything wrong with my involvement in the act until I was arrested. But my eyes are opened now”.
Also, the Command has arrested another notorious bandit, a 22-year-old man of Mai Gezoji, Tashar Mai Alewa, Danmusa LGA.
“The fact of the case was that on Sept. 15, 2021, bandits in their numbers on foot, shooting sporadically with AK-47 rifles, attacked Kitibawa village in Dutsinma LGA.
“The bandits killed two villagers, set some shops ablaze and kidnapped 18 women with their seven babies.
“On receipt of the report, Area Commander Dutsinma, ACP Aminu Umar, led a team of Policemen to the area, blocked the bandits and engaged them in a gun duel.
“The doggedness, uncommon courage and tactical operational strategy adopted by the police officers made the bandits flee into the forest with varying degrees of bullet wounds.
“In the course of profiling the scene, two women were rescued and 60 sheep, 34 cows and one donkey were recovered”, SUPOL Isah said.
Isah added that, in the course of the investigation and based on credible intelligence, on Sept. 20, 2021, the Command also succeeded in arresting a 45-year-old suspect of Tashar Mai-Alewa, Danmusa LGA.
According to him, the man was suspected to be an informant and supplier of goods to bandits.
The Command, he stated further arrested another man, aged 34 years, of the same address, a health worker suspected to be offering medical treatment to bandits.
“The suspects confessed to the commission of the offence, and investigation is still ongoing”. he said.