The Kano State Command of the Nigeria Police has arrested three suspected members of the outlawed Boko Haram sect alongside 84 other suspects arrested for various crimes including kidnapping, banditry and armed robbery.
Its being long the security operatives announced arrest of the Boko haram members in Kano state northwestern Nigeria.
The command’s Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu said that one of the suspects was arrested at a Hotel in Sabon Gari quarters, while the other two were apprehended during a raid at their hideout within the metropolis.
“There are clear indications that Boko Haram insurgents were making attempts to regroup in Kano state, all the suspects confessed and identified to be members of the dreaded terrorist group,” the Commissioner stated.
IIliyasu explained that one of them was heading towards Adamawa state from Abuja with the intention to upload his information, but made a stop-over in Kano where luck ran out of him and was eventually arrested in a hotel.
He said that three kidnapping suspects were also arrested by a team of police men drafted from Kano to Kaduna for abducting a four-year old girl, Khadijat Riliwanu.
“On 4 July, 2019, a team of Puff Adder detectives arrested one Ibrahim Musa of Ungwar Rimi in Kaduna. On interrogation, two female suspects of the same address were arrested and a victim, one Khadijat Riliwanu, four years old of Wailari Quarters, Kano was rescued at the resident of the female suspects while investigation is in progress,” IIliyasu explained.
He said; ’10 bandits were also intercepted at Koki Quarters in a Toyota Hiace Bus heading to Badawa Quarters. When the vehicle was searched, they found 22 various dangerous weapons, including long knives, short knives, large quantity of hard drugs, and intoxicating/ hallucinating substances, with new weapons of violence known in local parlance as ‘fate-fate tsitaka and barandami”
The Commissioner further stated that 61 suspects were arrested for other crimes and would be charged after investigation.
Items recovered from the suspects include 15 laptop computer; 26 parcels, 250 raps and other large quantities of Indian hemp; three stolen motor vehicles; 18 live ammunition; 16 live cartridges; eight cut lasses; 32 clubs; 43 knives 32 sachets of Diazapam tablets and 220 bottles of Suck-and-die.
Operation Puff Adder
IIliyasu said Operation Puff Adder which is currently yielding positive results would be sustained throughout the state until all non-repentant criminals are taken off the streets of the state.
He commended Kano people for their cooperation and urged them to continue to volunteer useful information to the Police for prompt action.