The command spokesman, SP Gambo Isah, who disclosed this while parading the suspect at the Command Headquarters, said she was nabbed with six gallons of petrol concealed in a sack and a handbag hidden under her hijab.
The police spokesman said the suspect was arrested along Kofar Guga-Jibiya Road within the metropolis and her matter became more suspicious when she could not give a definite address where she came from.
“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, a 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 stated.
“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. The investigation is ongoing.” Isah added.
The suspect denied that she was taking the petrol to bandits in the forest, saying it was meant for grinding machines. She further denied that her husband is a bandit in the forest, but in Ghana, seeking greener pasture.
The police spokesman said the suspect would be charged to court at the end of investigations, to serve as a deterrent to others, adding that her action was against the containment order banning sales of petrol in jerry cans.
According to the police, Hussaini would be charged for aiding and abetting banditry, moreso that the suspect’s husband is presently in the forest.
The arrest according to Isah is in furtherance to the implementation and enforcement of the Security Containment Order, signed by Governor Aminu Masari, over the rising case of banditry in the state.
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KanyiDaily had reported how a 28-year-old woman was arrested for allegedly supporting and harbouring suspected bandits in her residence in Bauchi state.