Nigeria today suffers from different types of crimes. As one is being tackled, another rears its head and they are ugly. With each crime, comes a solution. A crack team. A team lead. ALEDEH once wondered why, in one of its editorials “Like The Nigerian Police, Like Radio Nigeria…A Rescue Call By Sulaiman Aledeh” some good cops are usually posted to the police training institutes and sometimes replaced with a docile and ineffective team whose only stock in trade is give press statements of assurances after the crime. Today, many Nigerians can reel out such scripts since it’s been so over used. Where are the super heroes in the Nigeria Police? Does the police punish a good team? Is there an unwritten rule to systematically “silence” the good ones in the force? The promotion brouhaha is another to deal with. Not today certainly.
Just like the capture of notorious kidnap kingpin, Chukwudi Dumeme Onuamadike, popularly known as Evans cannot be mentioned without ACP Abba Kyari, the story of Imo baby factory in southern Nigeria is incomplete without AIG Mohammed Musa Katsina. He qualifies as our Super Cop in the first of the series.
AIG Mohammed Musa Katsina is one police whose name strikes terror in the hearts of any hardened criminal in Nigeria.
Mohammed Katsina is a Directing Staff of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, near Jos and was in 2016 promoted from Commissioner of Police to the position of the Assistant Inspector General of Police.
Make a list of gallant, hardworking, tough ‘crime buster’ cop in Nigeria and Mohammed Musa Katsina’s name will come out in shining colours.
Among the top feats of the gallant police officer are the arrest of cattle rustlers, car snatchers, baby factory operators and hardened criminals who killed with impunity and terrorized innocent members of the public, including policemen.
ALEDEH takes a look at AIG Mohammed Musa Katsina as a ‘crime buster’ in Nigeria after serving as Police Commissioner in Kogi, Imo, Oyo and Kano States.
Mohammed Musa Katsina As Kogi State Commissioner of Police:
As a Commissioner of Police in Kogi State, where high-class terrorism was witnessed especially the Okene Killings, the Oil Pipeline vandalisation and bomb-factory in the State, Mohammed Musa Katsina performed his magic.
Under his leadership, the police in Kogi state, arrested those in connection with the killings of 19 worshippers at a Deeper Life Bible Church, Okene, on Aug. 6, 2012.
The police also discovered two bomb-manufacturing factories in Abu Limit Estate and Eyika Adagu in Okene and Okehi Local Government Areas respectively.
The factories were discovered following information provided by the arrested leader of the 21-man gang who masterminded the church attack.
Items recovered from the factories included seven AK 47 rifles, 1,000 live ammunition, 29 loaded magazines, six locally made pistols, gas cylinders, two rocket launchers and other bomb making components.
After combating various crimes in Kogi state, Mohammed Musa Katsina moved to Imo state where he made a remarkable impact even more than what he did as a Police Commissioner in Kogi.
Imo Baby Factories And Mohammed Musa Katsina As Commissioner of Police:
From a state that was traumatized by armed robbery, kidnapping, ritual killings, man-slaughter, child-trafficking and baby-factories Mohammad Katsina turned it into a safe haven for Imo people.
As the Commissioner of Police in Imo state, Mohammad Katsina uncovered various baby factories in the state.
In November 2013, Katsina as Commissioner of Police in the state, paraded notorious baby factory operator, Mrs. Rose Azubuike Nwadinobi, six pregnant teenagers, a day-old male baby, who were rescued from a fake nursing home in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Similarly, December 2013, he rescued 16 pregnant teenage girls in Ezuma Private Hospital, a private medical establishment located in the outskirts of Egbu, Owerri North local council area of Imo state.
The 16 pregnant girls, who came from various states in the South East and South-South geo-political zones of the country, were crammed into two rooms that were ready for occupation in the uncompleted boys’ quarters,
An investigation by Campaign for Democracy (CD) in 2014, revealed that about 1,800 pregnant teenagers and babies were rescued from ‘baby factories’ in Abia and Imo states during the same year.
Indeed this would not have been possible without the efforts of Mohammad Katsina and his team. During this period, Mohammad Katsina lamented the rising cases of ‘baby factory’ in the South-East but vowed that the police would not relent in its effort to stem the ugly tide. This he did successfully before he got a transfer away from the Southern part of Nigeria.
Mohammad Katsina’s success in Imo state led to the publication of the book- Crime in Nigeria and the Role of the Police, CP M.M Katsina as a Role Model (Owerri, 2013) by Prof Protus Nathan Uzorma and Prince Stanley U Okoroji.
Mohammed Musa Katsina As Oyo State Commissioner of Police:
Mohammed Katsina replaced Kola Sodipo as the Commissioner of Police in Oyo state, Southwest Nigeria in 2015.
Though he came in as the Oyo state Police Commissioner in February 2015, four months later, Mohammed Katsina was already performing “magic” again.
The then Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Katsina paraded some suspected motorcycle/car snatchers, Inter State Armed robbers and fraudsters at Oyo State Police Command Eleyele. Though Oyo state was tagged as one of the safest states in Nigeria by the state governor, Abiola Ajimobi, however, Mohammed Katsina uncovered the motorcycle/car snatching trend in the state, which he (Mohammed Musa Katsina) tamed before he was transferred.
Mohammed Musa Katsina As Kano State Commissioner of Police:
Just like he gave child trafficking and baby factories a bloodied nose in Imo state, Mohammad Katsina became a ‘bone in the neck’ of cattle rustlers in Kano state, northern Nigeria.
Before he became the Police Commissioner in Imo state, child trafficking, baby factories, kidnapping and robbery were high in the state, but this super cop reduced it to the barest minimum before he was transferred to Kano where he continued his good works.
While baby factories were the major headache for Mohammad Katsina in Imo state, cattle rustling was his biggest challenge in Kano state.
Like he was known for taking up difficult tasks, Mohammad Katsina did not only succeed in Imo but he also pulled great accomplishments in Kano state.
At the time cattle rustling was a major concern in Kano, there came a super cop, Mohammad Katsina who not only stopped the menace but made Kano a safe haven for the Kano people.
In November 2015, the Police Command in Kano State under the leadership of Mohammad Katsina, killed two suspected rustlers, recovered 441 cattle and 81 sheep in Falgore forest, Doguwa Local Government Area of the state. This and many more difficult tasks Mohammad Musa Katsina accomplished as the Police Commissioner in Kano state.
All these criminals have all become history now due to the efforts of this gallant police officer and his team, indeed AIG Mohammed Musa Katsina is a super cop who is also a crime buster. The legacies he left behind still remain and have helped his successors to maintain same tempo and keep crime-upsurge at minimum base.
……………(ALEDEH Team) honour this super cop, AIG Mohammad Musa Katsina who we have tagged as a ‘crime buster’.
Watch this space for who makes our “Super Cop Series” next.