Mother, 13 Year Old Daughter Kidnapped In Katsina

A gang of six bandits have invaded Tsauri village in Kurfi Local Government Area of Katsina State, abducting in the process a 60-year-old woman, Hajia Yar Atti Tsauri and her 13-year-old daughter, Hafsat, barely two weeks after Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, had a series of negotiation with some bandits’ leaders terrorizing the state.

The bandits who invaded the village around 1am Thursday night, with their heavy weapons rejected a N200,000 and car gift offered to them by the woman’s husband, Alhaji Rabiu (Ade) Tsauri, a father of a popular late Islamic scholar, Mallam Dan Amina. According to an eye witness, “the six bandits came in with three motorcycles and kept them at Tsauri central primary school situated at the entrance of the village and walked down to Alhaji Rabiu Ade house who were preparing for the weeding ceremony of their daughter this today (Saturday).”

Saturday Telegraph gathered that Ade who was on sick bed, reportedly offered his CRV car and N200,000 to prevent the abduction of his wife and daughter but the bandits turned it down. One Malam Garbai Harisu, who was in Tsauri when the incident happened, said: “It took the bandits more than 30 minutes to get access into the room of Hajiya Yar’atti after a forceful breakage of her window that led to her abduction together with her daughter.”

The source further said the bandits got entrance into the house through the fence after resistance by visitors who came to attend the wedding ceremony from Zamfara, Jigawa and Kaduna states. Our findings also revealed that the bandits equally requested the ATM of Hajiya Yar’atti and the refusal led to her abduction and molestation of her sick husband. Saturday Telegraph gathered that the bandit who took more than an hour in the village trekked gently to their motorcycles after the forceful collection of over 30 GSM phones, including that of Ade.

Another source, Alhaji Dan Bello Tsauri, who spoke with Hajiya on the phone during the attack from his house, said the bandits collected all the keys of Ade’s residence and took away valuable properties arranged for the weeding. He said: “They left behind live bullet of AK47 gun with is presently handed over to the Kurfi Divisional Police Officer.” He, however, appealed to the Katsina State Government to assist Tsauri communities with a police post to prevent future occurrence of such incident, saying there was the possibility for the bandits to revisit the area again.