A 25-year-old woman, Rashida Hussaini, suspected to be a major supplier of fuel to bandits in the forest, has been apprehended by the Katsina State Police Command.
While parading her on Thursday, Katsina Police Public Relations Officer, Gambo Isah said the suspect was arrested along Koar Guga-Jibiya road with gallons of petrol concealed in a sack and a handbag hidden under her hijab.
According to Isah, the suspect said she is a resident of Daddara, a village in Jibiya Local Government Area of the state, and claimed she is from Gombe State, as well as from Hirji, a village in the Niger Republic.
“Rashida Hussaini, 25-year-old was arrested in Kofar Guga in possession of gallons full with petrol (3 gallons) and concealed in a sack. Similarly, big leather full of petrol (3 gallons) and concealed in a bag zipped, she hides them 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,” he said.
Daily Trust reports that Rashida’s matter became more suspicious when she could not give a definite address where she came from.
“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,” he said.
Isah also said the act was against the containment order banning sales of petrol in jerry cans and that she would be charged for aiding and abetting banditry.
The police spokesman said the suspect’s husband is presently in the forest.
Rashida confessed to have come from Hirji in Niger Republic; and that the petrol was not for bandits but for her grinding machines.
She also said her husband is in Ghana seeking greener pasture and denied that he is a bandit.
The spokesman disclosed that she would be charged to court at the end of investigations, to serve as a deterrent to others.