Robbers invade Katsina mosque, rob textile trader

Seven men suspected to be robbers have met their waterloo after attacking and robbing a textile trader, Alhaji Hassan Ishaku, at Rafindadi area of Katsina State.

The gunmen allegedly robbed the textile trader, while he was observing evening prayers.

The accused, who appeared before a Katsina State Magistrates’ Court over the weekend, were charged with criminal conspiracy and armed robbery.

The police said the crimes were contrary to sections 96(2),(a)and 306 of the Penal Code and the Robbery and Firearms Act, LFN of 2004, (as amended).

The suspects are Aliyu Arab, alias kolo; Amadu Suleiman, alias Jimmy; Murtala Ghali, alias Nasara; Hassan Lawal, alias Rugged; and Ibrahim Haruna, alias Baba Iro.

The others are Bishir Ishak, alias Tinkiya; and Muntari Saidu, alias Maisalati.

They are all residents of Mobil Rafindadi Quarters in Katsina.

The accused have been remanded in the prison custody till August 23, 2017 when their case would come up for mention.

The police, in the First Information Report filed on the case, said, “At 1930 hours of that day, the suspects conspired and armed themselves with cutlasses and knives and went to Masallacin Mallam Barau Quarters,Rafindadi, Katsina and attacked one Alhaji Hassan Ishaku of Alibaba ‎Quarters.”

Items allegedly stolen from Ishaku included five yards of milk colour textile materials valued at N12,000; 10 yards of green textile materials valued at N19,000 and two pairs of sandals valued at N12,000.

The police put the total value of the items at N43,000.

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