By Jutha Gupah, Maiduguri, February 12, 2018.
The Borno state police command has arrested 11 suspects for armed
banditry and theft of electric generators, vehicles and recovered
several arms and ammunitions.
The police arrests and recoveries were made in January this year.
This was disclosed by the commissioner of police, Damian Chukwu in
Maiduguri; while briefing journalists on the successes of police
recorded this year.
He said the suspects were arrested in Maiduguri metropolis and
councils of Damboa and Nganzai.
He said the suspects were arrested for procession of various stolen
property, including two electric giant generators, 10 units of GSM
phones, two AK-47 rifles and General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) and
According to him, on January 31, 2018; Aminu Sani of Jajeri ward and
in company of Alice James reported to metro police and discovered an
AK-47 rifle and 10 rounds of ammunition in their shop along Baga road.
On recovery of arms, he said: “Following a tip off from an informant
at Gajiram in Nganzai Local Government Area, some Fulani herdsmen were
held hostage and placed on a ransom by suspected Boko Haram terrorists
in Galte bush.
“Policemen led by the Divisional Police Officer and Civilian JTF
operatives mobilized to the area and engaged the insurgents in a gun
“In the process, the terrorists fled and abandoned a General Purpose
Machine Gun (GPMG) with breech number 151399 and five rounds of
He said the police also recovered 200 rustled cattle and handed over
to their owners in the council.
He said that as preliminary investigations, were completed the
suspects will be arraigned in court.