Day 10 Boko Haram suspects were arrested in Jigawa
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.