The Kano state police command has arrested three suspected Boko Haram commanders. The Nation reports that this was confirmed by Ahmed Iliyasu who is the state commissioner of police. He said one of the suspects was arrested at a Hotel in Sabon Gari quarters.
The police chief said two others were arrested after a raid at their hideout. Iliyasu said the suspects confessed to being members of the group and that there were clear indications that the terrorists were attempting to regroup in Kano.
IIliyasu explained that “one of them was heading towards Adamawa state from Abuja but made a stop-over in Kano where luck ran out of him and was eventually arrested in a hotel.”
The police chief also said that “three kidnapping suspects were also arrested by a team of police men drafted from Kano to Kaduna for abducting a four-year old girl, Khadijat Riliwanu of Naibawa Quarters, who was rescued at the residence of the female suspects.”
IIliyasu said 10 bandits were intercepted at Koki Quarters in a Toyota Hiace Bus heading to Badawa Quarters.
“When the vehicle was searched, they were found to be in possession of 22 various dangerous weapons, including long knives, short knives and intoxicating/ hallucinating substances, with new weapons of violence known in local parlance as ‘fate-fate, tsitaka and barandami.”
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari pledged his administration’s continued political will and determination towards ridding the country of insurgency and other forms of criminalities.
Buhari, who was represented by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, made the promise at the Grand Finale of the 2019 Nigerian Army Day Celebration and Combat Support Arms Training Week at Ikeja Cantonment Parade Ground, Lagos.
The president said that the security challenges in the country were being tacked in collaboration with the Nigerian Armed Forces.
“The challenge for us is to recognise this sick extremism of Boko Haram for what it is and form alliances across faith, ethnicities, to destroy an evil that confronts us all. We will continue to demonstrate the political will and determination towards ensuring that our land is rid of insurgency and that criminality is kept at the barrest minimum.”