Olaide Oyelude, Katsina

A couple, Alhaji Samaila Abubakar, 45, and Hafsatu, 22, are facing trial before a Katsina Senior Magistrates’ Court for alleged membership of a gang of thieves.

They were accused of being members of a gang responsible for terrorising motorists on the Gurbin- Baure-Jibia Road in Katsina State.

The two have been remanded in the Katsina Prison till August 5, 2019, when their case will come up for mention before the court presided over by Hajiya Fadile Dikko.

The police prosecutor, Sergeant Lawal Bello, had informed the court that the couple’s alleged offences contravened the provisions of sections 97 and 306 of the Penal Code.

It was learnt that a police patrol team, acting on a tip-off, arrested Abubakar and Hafsatu on the Gurbin-Baure village road around 4pm on June 10, 2019.

Preliminary investigations by the police revealed that Hafsatu was once married to the late Alhaji Abu Kura, alleged to be a notorious bandit operating in the Yarori forest in the Zumi Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

According to the police, when Kura died, Hafsatu allegedly gave prohibited firearms, which belonged to her late husband, to Orosi and Iro Dangawa, who are still at large, in return for monetary gains.

The prosecutor asked the court for an adjournment to enable the police to conclude investigation into the matter.

The presiding magistrate granted the request and ordered the accused persons to be remanded in prison custody.

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