Police arrest 87 suspected Boko Haram terrorists, kidnappers and others in northeast Nigeria

At least 87 people are in custody for alleged terrorism, kidnapping, rape and intentional homicide in northeastern Nigeria, SaharaReporters learned on Wednesday.

According to the Borno State Police Command, some of the arrested suspects were found with deadly firearms and were charged with criminal offenses including theft of cattle.

Parading the suspects in Maiduguri on Wednesday, State Police Commissioner Abdu Umar disclosed that the suspects were arrested in Maiduguri Metropolis, Jere, Konduga, Gwoza and Hauwul councils and parts of the states. of Adamawa and Taraba.

Umar said: “Police arrested five terrorist suspects and recovered 3 armed trucks, machine guns and two AK-47 rifles with live ammunition.”

He added that the suspects had links to Boko Haram and terrorists from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP).

He noted that investigations were ongoing, as some of the suspects were being held by the military.

He added that “6 suspects were arrested on May 30, 2022 for alleged abductions in Borno, Adamawa and Taraba states.

“Police elite team stormed a rural grazing area (RUGA) in Njimtilo area of ​​Maiduguri, some of them are leaders of kidnapping syndicates in the North East.

“This is Abubakar Ali from Njimtilo who also specialized in cattle rustling and also harbored criminals in the community.”

The police commissioner added that Abdul Isa, Bala Musa, Abdullahi Bukar, Garba Usman and Jordi Garba were also arrested for kidnapping, cattle theft and concealment.

He further revealed that all the suspects confessed to their alleged crimes, including stealing armored cables.

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