Day 10 Boko Haram sus­pects were ar­rested in Ji­gawa

Daily Trust - - CRIME - From Aliyu M. Ha­m­agam, Dutse

As part of the con­tin­ued on­slaught on ter­ror­ists, sol­diers have ar­rested 10 Boko Haram sus­pects in Birniwa, the head­quar­ters of Birniwa Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Ji­gawa State.

The com­man­der of 3 Brigade, Nige­rian Army, Kano, Brigadier­Gen­eral Has­san Hamisu made the dis­clo­sure while parad­ing the sus­pects in the Nige­ria/ Niger Re­pub­lic bor­der town of Birniwa.

He said, “Troops of the Nige­rian Army, through sur­veil­lance and in­tel­li­gence re­port, con­firmed that there has been an in­flux of peo­ple from Gu­bio, Da­masak, through Nguru to Birniwa in Ji­gawa State, where petroleum prod­ucts are brought in trucks and dis­charged into jer­rycans for pos­si­ble move­ment to un­known des­ti­na­tions.”

He said the sus­pects were ar­rested in the night while of­fload­ing petroleum prod­ucts from a trailer with reg­is­tra­tion num­ber, Kano WDL 270 XA, into over 200 empty jerry-cans, with a view to trans­port­ing them to the trou­bled neig­bour­ing north­east­ern part of the coun­try.

Ac­cord­ing to the army boss, among the sus­pects ar­rested, two were mi­nors, while 41 out of the jerry-cans found in their pos­ses­sion had al­ready been filled with the prod­uct.

He said a wait­ing ve­hi­cle, a Land Cruiser jeep with reg­is­tra­tion num­ber, Lagos AQ 432 AAA, was im­pounded in A.M.A Doko fill­ing sta­tion where the sus­pects were ap­pre­hended.

“Pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed that some of the sus­pects ar­rested were from Nguru while oth­ers are na­tion­als of Niger Re­pub­lic. Amongst the items re­cov­ered from the sus­pects in­clude a truck with reg­is­tra­tion num­ber, Kano WDL 270 XA, loaded with 33, 000 liters of premium mo­tor spirit (PMS), 40 jerry-cans loaded with PMS, 188 empty jerry-cans and one Land Cruiser Sport Util­ity Ve­hi­cle (SUV) with reg­is­tra­tion num­ber, Lagos AQ 432 AAA.

“Troops con­duct­ing fight­ing pa­trols, raid and am­bushes in a re­newed on­slaught by the Nige­ria Army in the fight against ter­ror­ism ar­rested one Ibrahim Abba, 28, and nine oth­ers about 11:55 pm on 14 Oc­to­ber 14, 2015 while dis­charg­ing petroleum prod­ucts at night into as­sorted jerry-cans,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to him, as soon as in­ves­ti­ga­tions are com­pleted, they would be handed over to ap­pro­pri­ate agen­cies for pos­si­ble pros­e­cu­tion.

“The sus­pects and items re­cov­ered will be handed over to rel­e­vant se­cu­rity agen­cies for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” he noted.

Speak­ing to jour­nal­ists, one of the sus­pects, Ibrahim Abba, said they were dis­charg­ing the prod­uct late be­cause the tanker ar­rived late and the driver in­sisted that he wanted to go back the fol­low­ing morn­ing.

On why they were dis­charg­ing the prod­uct into jerry-cans, he said it was more than the fill­ing sta­tion’s un­der­ground reser­voirs.

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