Troops Arrest Suspected Bandit Fleeing To Oyo State With Military Uniform And Legit.ng Charms
- Nigerian military revealed how suspected bandit disguised as traveler was apprehended by soldiers
- Soldiers who interviewed suspect discredited his claims that the military uniform found in his possession belonged to his brother
- The army has stepped up its offensive against the bandits who terrorize communities in the north of the country
Zuru, Kebbi state – A suspected bandit fleeing in a vehicle traveling from Zuru to Kebbi in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state, was arrested by troops.
Onyema Nwachukwu, the army spokesman, revealed in a statement via Facebook that the suspect was arrested along the Mokwa-Jebba road during a stop and search operation.
How the troops spotted the suspect
He said vigilant troops spotted an occupant of the vehicle, who claimed to be Sergeant Aminu Sule.
The spokesperson said the suspect was in possession of a pair of camouflage, military boots, a knife and a substance suspected of being charms.
Tragedy as 30 vigilantes are shot dead in gun battle
The occupier confesses to the soldiers
Nwachukwu said on further questioning, the suspect confessed that he was traveling to Ogbomosho in Oyo State, and further claimed that the uniform and boots belonged to his brother who was a soldier.
However, the army spokesman said it was discovered that the occupier was fleeing ongoing military operations in Niger state to a safe haven.
The cable reported that the military has urged members of the public, particularly in Niger state, to report any suspected movement of fleeing bandits to security agencies.
The military has ensured the safety of their lives and property for law-abiding citizens.
Cheikh Gumi urged the FG to negotiate with the bandits
Meanwhile, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi, a popular Islamic cleric based in Kaduna, reacted to the recent kidnapping of some schoolchildren in the north of the country.
In an exclusive interview with The Punch, the fiery cleric said there were around 100,000 gunmen in the northwest alone.
Insecurity: 15 bandits, 1 soldier killed in a shootout with troops
Gumi said the bandits who kidnapped schoolchildren were disappointed that he had negotiated with them without the involvement of the federal government.
Bandits kill 30 militiamen Niger State
In another report, a tragedy struck Niger state when around 30 members of a vigilante group were killed in an armed duel with armed bandits in the local government area of Magama.
Nigerian Tribune reports that the tragic incident allegedly occurred in some communities within the local government over the weekend.
Safiyanu Ibeto, chairman of the board of Mariga Magama, confirmed the incident on Monday, June 21.