A 25-year-old woman identified as Rashida Hussaini, accused of being a bandit’s wife and a fuel supplier to the criminals in the forest, has been detained by the Katsina State Police Command.
While marching the suspect to the police headquarters, spokesman for the command, SP Gambo Isah, said she was caught along Kofar Guga-Jibiya Road with 6 litres of fuel disguised in a sack and a handbag hidden beneath her hijab and when the woman couldn’t give a specific address where she came from, Isah stated she raised suspicion.
“Rashida Hussaini, a 25-year-old woman, was detained in Kofar Guga with three gallons of petrol hidden in a sack. Similarly, a large leather bag stuffed with petrol (3 gallons) and hidden inside a zipped bag. She conceals them beneath her hijab. She claimed to be from Dadara when asked, although she is actually from Gombe State. She later revealed that she was from Hirji, Niger Republic “he stated.
“She couldn’t provide a satisfactory explanation on where she bought the petrol and where she was going with it. It was obvious that she came out from the forest and was suspected to be aiding the activities of the bandits by providing them with information and supplying them with petrol for use in their motorcycles
“From all indications, life is miserable for the bandits as they resort to sending their wives to disguise and come out to the town to buy petrol in sacks and leather, hide under their hijab and take to them in Forest. The investigation is ongoing.” Isah added.
The act, according to the police, also violated a confinement order prohibiting the sale of fuel in jerry cans.
It further stated that she will be charged with aiding and abetting banditry, especially because the suspect’s husband is currently in the woods. According to Isah, the arrest were in response to Governor Aminu Masari’s Security Containment Order, which was made in response to an increasing case of banditry in the state.
The suspect admitted to having come from Hirji in Niger Republic and denied that the fuel was for bandits in the forest, claiming that it was for grinding equipment and she further denied about her husband being a bandit in the forest, rather she claimed that he is a bandit in Ghana.
According to Isah, the alleged suspect will be charged in court at the end of the investigation as a deterrent to others.