During a stop and search operation on Sunday, June 20, Nigerian Army troops patrolling Mokwa-Jebba route in Niger State, North-central Nigeria, have apprehended and detained a fleeing terrorist in a car coming from Zuru, Kebbi State to Ibadan, Oyo State, Southwest Nigeria.
Onyema Nwachukwu, Director of Army Public Relations, said this in a statement released on Tuesday in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.
According to Nwachukwu, a Brig.-Gen, the troops saw the occupant of the vehicle, who claimed to be Sgt. Aminu Sule.
He said the terrorist was found with a pair of camouflage, military boots, a dagger, and a material that was thought to be charms.
The Army spokesperson stated that after further questioning, the suspect admitted to be traveling to Ogbomosho in Oyo State, Southwest Nigeria, claiming that the outfit and footwear belonged to his army brother.
The suspect was discovered fleeing to a safe haven from ongoing operations in Niger State, North Central Nigeria, Nwachukwu said.
According to him, the suspect was arrested and turned over to Mokwa Police Division for further investigation.
“The heat on bandits and other criminal elements in Niger State has caused them to start fleeing to supposed safe havens,” he said.
“Members of the public, particularly around Niger and contiguous states are, therefore, enjoined to be vigilant and report any suspected movement of fleeing bandits to security agencies.”
According to him, Faruk Yahaya, Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS), has guaranteed law-abiding residents of Niger State, as well as all Nigerians, of safety of their lives and property.
“He further enjoined them to be wary of such sinister movements by fleeing bandits and continue to support the security agencies with useful information to enable them maintain peace and security of the country,”Nwachukwu said.