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Bandits abduct popular Islamic cleric, five others in Katsina — Police


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Popular  Kano-based Quranic reciter, Sheikh Ahmad Sulaiman and five other persons have been kidnapped in Katsina State.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Katsina State Police Command, SP Gambo Isa, told  reporters yesterday in  Katsina that the police were already on the trail of the kidnappers with a view to rescuing the victims.

Isa urged the general public to continue to provide police with information on criminals and their activities with a view to safeguard peoples’ lives and property.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) said  the victims were kidnapped on Thursday night on Sheme-Kankara road on their way back to Kano State after attending an Islamic event in Kebbi State.

The State police command also confirmed yesterday, the the release of the mother-in-law to Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State, Hajiya Hauwa Yusuf by kidnappers.

Hajiya Hauwa, the mother to one of the governor’s wives, Hajiya Binta, was abducted a week ago at her residence in Katsina metropolis.

Gambo, in confirming the release said: “I am very happy to inform you that the old woman has been released by her abductors in the early hours of the day (Friday).

‘’She is hale and hearty, and has already been reunited with her family after necessary medical checkup.’’

Meanwhile, the police have arrested an alleged  notorious member of a kidnap syndicate in Batsari Local Government Area of the state.

Isa said that the suspect attacked the house of one Mustapha Sani and attempted to kidnap his two wives.

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According to him, the combined team of police and vigilance group  members promptly pursued the suspect and succeeded in rescuing the two women.

‘’The command will continue to solicit for the cooperation and support of the public in the fight against kidnappers and banditry,’’ he said.

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