The Katsina State Police Command has arrested four persons for allegedly supplying petroleum products to armed bandits in the forests.
The command’s Police Public Relations Officer, SP Isah Gambo, disclosed this at a news conference on Tuesday in Katsina.
He said the suspects were Zahradden Mas’udu, Ibrahim Khalid, Najib Dayyabu and Halliru Yarima.
Gambo said the suspects were arrested in Batsari, Kankara and Dutsinma Local Government Areas of the state.
He said: “It will be recalled that the state government has banned selling of petroleum products in Jerry cans in eight frontline local governments.
“The local governments are Batsari, Safana, Danmusa, Jibia, Kankara, Dutsinma, Dandume and Sabuwa.
“The measure is to cut off supply chain to the bandits in the forests, who are using motorcycles to perpetuate their evil acts.”
The PPRO said the suspects were arrested based on tip-off in those affected areas.
Gambo added: “The suspects allegedly specialised in sale, distribution and supply of petroleum products to bandits in those areas.
“They sell one jerry can of petroleum products to bandits at about N30,000.”
The spokesman said the police recovered 33 jerry cans of petroleum and 24 empty jerry cans from the suspects.
He said the suspects would be charged to court after investigation to serve as deterrent to others.