Zamfara NSCDC arrests 14-year-old bandit, 10 illegal miners

Zamfara State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested a 14-year-old teenager, Sani Suleiman from Kadage village, in Moriki emirate of Zurmi Local Government Area of the State.

Addressing newsmen in Gusau, the State capital, the commandant, Mr A.A. Sparks said investigation revealed that the teenager was trained by one Salihu Gang at Sububu forest on weapon handling.

He said the boy confessed that he participated in cattle rustling and kidnapping activities.

“Salihu Gang is said to be a foot soldier of a notorious armed bandit known as Turji that has been terrorizing the entire northwest zone,” he said.

Accordingly to him, the boy confessed that he had been raping women brought to their camps, pointing out that investigation was still on and that the boy would be arraigned in court as soon as investigation was completed.

He assured that anyone caught in any form of criminal activity would be made to face the full wrath of the law.

The commandant further stated that the Corps have also arrested 10 illegal miners at Matuzgi village, in Talata-Mafara Local Government Area of the State suspected to be bandits operating in the State.

“The men of the Corps raided the illegal mining site in the early hours of Wednesday, 9th February, 2022, where about 9 bags of raw precious stones were conseficated by the Corps special strike force and brought to the command,” he said.

He said work implements, such as shovel, diggers and hammers were also part of the exhibits recovered from the site.