The Katsina State Police Command has announced the arrest of a woman, one Rashida Hussaini, 25-year-old, suspected to be a bandit’s wife who bought petrol in gallons concealed in sacks and nylons for onward transportation to bandits in the forest.
The Police spokesman, SP Gambo Isah paraded the woman wearing a hijab in a one minute and 35 seconds video clip.
SP Isah said the woman bought the petrol for bandits’ motorcycles.
SP Isah said Rashida Hussaini, 25, was arrested in Kofar Guga in possession of three gallons of petrol concealed in a sack, and a big nylon bag filled with another three gallons of petrol, concealed in a zipped bag. She hid it under her hijab.
“Upon interrogation, she said she was from Dadara but she hails from Gombe State. Later, she said she was from Hirji in the Niger Republic.
“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,” SP Isah said.
The state government had in an effort to arrest the growing insecurity put in place some measures, including ban of sales of petrol in jerrycans and designation of only 2 filling stations for sale of fuel of not more than N5,000 in the affected Local government areas.