The Katsina State Police Command announced on Saturday that they had recovered looted livestock from hoodlums in the Safana Local Government Area (LGA) of Katsina State.
The bandits, according to residents, were over 200 armed with automatic weapons and arrived on motorcycles. The hoodlums reportedly raided two communities in the local government, the Sabo-Garin and Baure communities, simultaneously.
The "Operation Puff Alder" agents were led by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Safana to the scene where they engaged the hoodlums in a four-hour gunshot battle. Some of the hoodlums eventually fled on their motorcycles while others fled on foot.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Gambo Isah, disclosed the recovery expedition of 500 animals to newsmen in Katsina on Saturday. He explained that there were 200 stolen cows, 300 sheep and goats, totaling 500.
“A group of bandits numbering 200 on motorcycles with dangerous weapons invaded and attacked residents of both Sabon-Garin-Baure and Baure communities simultaneously two days ago,” the PPRO said.
“The DPO Safana immediately led teams of Operations Puff Adder to the scene and engaged the hoodlums in a gun duel that lasted for about four hours.
"The hoodlums fled and escaped with gunshot wounds.”
Isah, however, believes if the community continues to assist the police in its investigations and help fight these crimes then it will only be a matter of time before the culprits are caught and brought to justice.