Parade of police suspected of sniper, 45 other people

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On Friday, Borno State Police Command paraded a suspected gunman, Clement Asuk, from Akamkpa Local Government Area in Cross Rivers State, alongside 45 other suspects, arrested at the park car from Tashan Kano by the command intelligence and surveillance team which was on a morning patrol.

This was confirmed on Friday by State Police Commissioner Abdu Umar during a briefing to journalists at the police command headquarters in Maiduguri.

The command said arms dealer Asuk was arrested on March 30, 2022, as he attempted to board a bus heading south.

He was found in possession of 126 anti-aircraft munitions; 222 rounds of 7.62mm life; 517 rounds of 7.62mm per 51 life; 7.62 mm per 39 life ammo; two empty AK47 magazines; four RPGs Preparing for Lent; five flavors; Nigerian navy application forms.

The other 45 suspects were arrested for a variety of crimes ranging from armed robbery and car theft to snatching, robbery and criminal conspiracy.

Some of the items recovered from them included: an anti-aircraft ammunition belt; the sum of ₦15,250 Nigerian currency, a 10,000 Korean currency note and a Meinnah 120 medicine and cham.

Among the 45 suspects exhibited was a 22-year-old child trafficker identified as Bilkisu Ali, alias Ummi, who said The punch that she was a civilian JTF staff serving in Konduga, where she kidnapped three-year-old Hadiza Modu prior to her arrest.

“On March 31, 2022 around 11:00 a.m., a certain Mohammed Modu ‘m’ from the city of Bama, reported to the Konduga police station that, on the same day around 12:00 p.m., a certain Bilkisu Ali, alias Ummi ‘f’ – 22 years old from Konduga Displaced Persons Camp, also a CJTF Konduga LGA volunteer, took her 3-year-old daughter named Hadiza Modu ‘f’, intending to go and sell to a Madame Joy (surname unknown) from the Abia State, now free. The victim was rescued in Damaturu, Yobe State unharmed by the police. The matter is under investigation,” CP said.

Also parading was a 46-year-old Zakariya Ya’u, who raped his 92-year-old grandmother, Wambudu Bello.

When approached by the punch, the alleged rapist said: “I was under the influence of drugs. I didn’t know that I had raped her because I was under the influence of drugs”.

The PC said all cases would be taken to court as soon as investigations were completed. He also implored the general public to provide credible intelligence to the police for proactive measures to reduce the rising crime rate in the state.

“These achievements are not without the assurance of the full support and commitment of the general public to fulfill our statutory responsibility. Thus, we seek a strong police public partnership in the continued fight against criminal elements, as the quest for the security of society is everyone’s business,” he said.

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