BANDITS 2By Uthman Siraja                         

Directorate of Security Services (DSS), Niger State Command has arrested a syndicate that specialises in the business of supplying arms and miltary camouflage to armed bandits. The two suspects both indegenes of plateau state were picked up at their residences in Borgu Local Government Area of Niger State by the operatives of the secret agency.

Their arrest was effected through a vital and reliable intelligence gathering mechanism put in place by the operatives.

The suspects who are veterinary doctors are Napas Kefas and Caleb Gavers (aka) Dan daura both residents of New Bussa, were said to have link with a notorious armed bandit kingpin who has been on the wanted list of security agencies in the last two years. 

The Kingpin, Dogo Gadi, was said to have engaged the two veterinary doctors in the treatment of his rustled cattle and other animals in one of his camp located at Kamuku forest in Niger and Zamfara states. Newsline reliably gathered that the suspects were personal vetinary doctors to Dogo Gadi that has been treating his animals in most of his dreaded camps located in some forests within and outside Niger State.

Newsline further gathered that the veterinary doctors have sofar supplied some sophisticated arms and substantial number of military camouflage to the kingpin amounting to hundreds and thousands of Naira.

The two suspects told their host that the terrorist contacted them through phone and engaged them as his personal veterinary doctors to be treating his rustled cattle and other animals in the last two years.

Dogo Gadi, a notorious kidnapper and cattle rustler, has wrecked a lot of havoc around Kaduna, Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina and Niger states within the last three years. His banditry activities have sofar claimed lives and disposed villagers of millions of Naira within the period.

The notorious and heartless bandit has been evading arrest by security agencies across the North West and some parts of North Central states just as some of his gang members are in various detention facilities across North Western states.

The two veterinary doctors have been arraigned before a Minna Chief Magistrate Court No1 on three count charges where their pleas were taken before the presiding Chief Magistrate, Nasiru Mu’azu.

When the charges were read to them by the Chief Magistrate, they pleaded not guilty to the charges while the Director of Public Prosecution in the state Ministry of Justice, Mr. Moses Chiroma requested for a new date to prepare for the prosecution of the case.

The defense counsel, Barrister Emmanuel Zakariya, however, moved an oral application for their bail, but the chief magistrate advised that he should  apply in writing  and adjougned to friday, the17th  of July 2020 to rule on the application. He then ordered that they should be kept in the DSS detention facility in Minna.