The Katsina State Police Command says it has arrested 241 suspected criminals involved in kidnap, rapes and banditry in the state in the first quarter of 2021.

The command’s spokesman, SP Gambo Isah who disclosed this said about 73 suspects were arrested in 39 cases of kidnapping from January to date.

Explaining further, the spokesman said in the course of investigating 46 cases of banditry attacks in the state, 55 persons were arrested within the period under review, adding that 113 suspects were also arrested in connection with 86 rape and natural offence cases.

Katsina State has been one of the epicentres of banditry in the North-West zone, where thousands of innocent people have been killed by bandits, with several women and children including school pupils kidnapped, while others were raped in the state.