Secretary to the Katsina State Government, Dr. Mustapha Inuwa, revealed this on Thursday while briefing journalists on the progress of the security challenges containment orders recently signed by Governor Aminu Bello Masari to tackle banditry in the state.
He noted that 724 suspected bandits and other criminals terrorising communities in the state were arrested by security agencies within the period under review.
Mustapha explained that 296 suspects were under prosecution and 75 others were under investigation by different security agencies in the state.
“On the whole, the statistics with regards to banditry, kidnapping and cattle rustling from the commencement of the containment order to date has revealed a drastic reduction in the number of reported cases.
“For instance, for the period of July/August 2021, there were a total of 173 reported kidnap incidents affecting 475 persons; whereas for September/October 2021, 61 kidnap incidents occurred with 201 victims.
“Banditry cases for the same corresponding periods were 97 incidents for July/August, 2021 with 130 deaths and 57 injured and 56 incidents for September/October 2021 with 83 deaths and 58 injured.
“480 suspects were arrested between March to September 2021; 42 under investigation and 216 under prosecution. From September to date on the other hand, 244 suspects were arrested; 33 under investigation and 80 were under prosecution,” he said.
Inuwa while speaking on the security containment order as a child of necessity said the government’s effort towards curtailing security challenges in the state was not aimed at bringing hardship to the citizenry but to curb the menace.