Amnesty: Police parade suspected armed bandits, recover 242 rifles

The Borno Police Command has recovered 242 rifles and ammunition from some residents of Borno state, following expiration of 21-day ultimatum issued to surrender illegal weapons and ammunition in their possessions.

The recovered arms include nine AK-47 rifles, 33 pump action machine guns and 200 Dane guns.

The Commissioner of Police, Damian Chukwu disclosed this on Friday, while parading 12 arrested armed robbers and cattle rustlers at the Police Headquarters, Maiduguri.

He said even though the recovered Dane guns were not among the prohibited arms and ammunition, the circumstances they were found indicated that they could be used for criminal activities.

According to him, on January 31, this year, a group of suspected hoodlums numbering about five and armed with deadly weapons, conspired and invaded a cattle ranch of Musa Ardo Dawa of Tugga village in Damboa council of Borno state and rustled six cows and 47 sheep.

On how they were arrested, Chukwu said: “Based on tip-offs, four of the five suspects namely, Abdullahi Barka, Sani Adamu, Awalu Ahmad and Adamu Baba Yakiwale now late were arrested by SARS operatives in collaboration with members of the vigilante.

“The stolen herds have since been recovered and in the course of investigation, the suspects admitted committing the crime.

“Similarly, between February 3 and10, this year , Isa Musa, Idi Bello, Ahmadu Bello, Idi Hassan, Ahmadu Hassan and Kyari Gana are notorious armed  robbery gang terrorizing Kawaye and Borno Yesu villages in Magumeri council of Gubio Local Government Areas were arrested at various locations. They were armed with two AK-47 rifles, a Dane gun, cutlasses and other dangerous weapons.”

He said the Command also on 4th March this year, based on DSS report, found a cache of arms and ammunition at an abandoned building belonging to one Goni Modu at Bulabulin Ngaranam area in Maiduguri metropolis.

He explained that the subject being the former occupant fled the area during Boko Haram terrorists’ invasion of the community and occupation of the building, until recently, the weapons were discovered when one Goni Modu the owner of the house returned and began renovation of the property.

Chukwu said the recovered weapons and ammunition, which are presently in custody of the Headquarters 195 Battalion of Nigerian Army, Maiduguri include: two bags of ammunition, two Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPG) and four AK-47 rifles.

“Against the above circumstances of recoveries, members of the public, especially returnee Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to previously dominated Boko Haram communities, are hereby advised to lookout for such weapons and primed explosives.” he warned.

Other paraded suspects include, Hassan Kwari of Maiduguri Metropolis, and a student of Ramat Polytechnic. He attacked and injured Paul Moses, his roommate at the Polytechnic, Ali Mohammed of Damboa road in Maiduguri.

They were arrested by Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) operatives after kidnapping a 14-year old Mohammed Ibrahim Imam of old GRA Maiduguri among others.

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