14-year-old bandit arrested in Katsina confesses to murder and cattle rustling


Police in Katsina State have arrested a 14-year-old suspected bandit from Tsamben Dankulumbo village in Jibiya Local Government Area.

Parading the suspect alongside 19 others on Friday, the spokesman of the State Police Command, SP Gambo Isah, said the teenager has confessed to having killed two persons during an attack by bandits in the Mallamawa community of Jibia local government area some months back.

“The boy has confessed to us that he has participated in several attacks on villages within and outside the state where he said he could remember killing two people in Mallamawa. He also participated in attacks on Dankulumbo and Kukar Babangida all in Jibia local government area. He has also rustled an unspecified number of animals during several attacks,” Isah stated.

The boy said he was trained as a bandit, kidnapper, and cattle rustler by a notorious banditry kingpin, Maliki who also taught him how to operate the AK 47 rifle.


The teenager also added that in all the attacks and the number of animals rustled, a total sum of fifty thousand Naira was given to him as a share from the proceeds of the sales of animals and commission for his participation in the crimes.

He, however, said he regrets his actions and wants to be reformed and become a better person in life.

The PPRO said efforts have been intensified to arrest the bandits’ commander, Maliki, and others on the wanted list of the police.



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