Troops of the Nigerian Army, operating along Mokwa-Jebba road, have arrested a fleeing bandit during a stop and search operation.
The Mokwa-Jebba road is a major transit route for travellers between Abuja and Ilorin, Kwara State.
The Army Spokesperson, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu said ”the arrest was effected at about 9:00pm, when the troops intercepted a car traveling from Zuru to Ibadan, Oyo State as the vigilant troops spotted an occupant of the vehicle, who claimed to be Sgt. Aminu Sule. Upon a body search, the occupant was found to be in possession of a pair of camouflage uniform, military boots, knife and substance suspected to be charms.”
On further interrogation, the suspect confessed to be traveling to Ogbomosho in Oyo State. He further claimed that the uniform and boots belonged to his brother who is a soldier.
However, on closely scrutinizing the suspect, he was discovered to be fleeing from the ongoing operations in Niger state to a safe haven.
The suspect was immediately apprehended and handed over to the police at Mokwa for further investigation.
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The heat on bandits and other criminal elements in Niger State has caused them to start fleeing to supposed safe heavens. 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.