The 22- years old Aliyu Musa, member of a gang of bandits that had been terrorizing Kankara and Danmusa Local Government areas of Katsina State, said yesterday that a white-coloured helicopter supplied the gang with the ammunition inside Dinya Forest, in Kankara council.
Musa disclosed this when he was paraded by the Katsina State Police Command alongside another gang member, Salmanu Isah, 18, and 15 others for various crimes.
He claimed when that whenever the helicopter came, it flew close to the ground and hovered until his boss, identified as Sirajo, would take delivery of the ammunition through a rope let down from the helicopter.
According to him, “a white helicopter came inside the forest, hovering close to the ground, and supplied our boss, Sirajo, with ammunition in Dinya, Kankara Local Government Area.
“They would throw down a rope and tired to the rope were guns. Our boss would untie them. The guns were more than 20. But I don’t know who the people in the helicopter are. They come in the day time.”
He also confessed to have shot at two persons, who he said didn’t die on the spot, but that his boss went after them and eliminated them. He said: “I shot two, but they didn’t die instantly. My boss went after them, shot and used a machete to kill them. I used locally-made guns to shoot them.”
Musa said infighting between factional members of the bandits in the forest over a ransom for a kidnap victim, claimed the lives of 25 members.
According to him, “there was a fair-complexioned woman we kidnapped. My boss, Sirajo, demanded for N17 million ransom to free her, while Salmanu’s boss and second in command to my boss insisted that N4 million ransom should be paid.
“So the relations said they won’t pay any ransom. They said she would remain in their custody. So when they wanted to share rustled cattle, fighting broke out, which led to a shootout between both factions. I counted 25 dead bodies: 10 from one faction and 15 from the other faction.