Bandits are adopting new strategies to get around the government’s crackdown measures.
The Federal Government shut down telecommunication networks in Katsina State weeks ago to step up the fight against bandits, but the armed gangs are devising strategies to stay active.
In addition with other security measures, the shutdown was implemented in 13 local government areas of the state in September to prevent communication between the bandits and their informants.
The Secretary to the Government of Katsina State, Mustapha Inuwa, said at a media briefing on Thursday, November 18, 2021 that the activities of the bandits have dropped since the shutdown was implemented.
However, he noted that they are still adopting new strategies to get around the government’s crackdown measures, including using walkie talkies.
“A recent and most worrisome move by the criminals is the observed acquisition of Radio Frequency Walkie Talkie Transceivers by the bandits which they have started using,” he said.
Inuwa said the bandits are also attacking motorists to steal fuel from their tanks following a restriction placed on the sale of fuel in the state.
The official said security agencies are on the trail of the bandits to put an end to their activities.
He described the containment measures affecting thousands of residents as a ‘child of necessity’ designed to restore peace and order.
480 suspected bandits were arrested between March and September, he announced, and 244 more arrested since September’s measures were implemented.
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