Police authorities in Katsina State have arrested a quack medical doctor and nine other suspects for banditry, armed robbery, rape, and other crimes in Katsina and neighbouring states.
The 25-year-old identified as Musa Shamsuddeen was arrested for allegedly treating bandits in the forest whenever they are wounded by the security personnel.
The spokesperson of the command, SP Gambo Isah speaking during the parade of the suspects on Tuesday at the Katsina Police Command Headquarters said three locally-made weapons attached with some rounds of ammunition were recovered from some of the suspected bandits arrested at Kafur, Funtua, and Danja local government areas of the state.
One of the suspects, 18-year-old Mustapha Jibril of Kankara Local Government Area of the state was arrested for raping an 11-year-old girl.
The girl was reportedly sent on an errand by her parents when Jibril lured and forcefully raped her in an uncompleted building.
The command however warned parents to always look after their wards as the command will not leave any stone unturned in dealing decisively with activities of social miscreants otherwise known as Kauraye.
Banditry, kidnapping, and cattle rustling have been on the rise in Nigeria’s northern regions with residents living close to the forests falling victims of attacks.
This is despite repeated assurances from both federal and state governments as well as law enforcement operatives.
Banditry which was initially rife in the northwest has spread to other parts of the country. The mass abductions of schoolchildren have also continued to gain traction in the region with critics saying it will grossly affect school enrollment.