Seven military officers nabbed in Zamfara for involvement in banditry
Charles Nwoke, Gusau, Nigeria
April 16, 2021
Above image courtesy of local sources, fair use.
The Zamfara State Government has disclosed that the state command of the Nigerian Police Force apprehended seven serving military officers who were allegedly deeply involved in banditry activities.
According to the state government, the military men were said to be supplying logistics and information to the bandits.
The Commissioner for Information, Ibrahim Magaji Dosara while addressing newsmen at the state ministry of information in Gusau, the state capital, said that the police command informed the government that the seven serving military men have been betraying the peace accord and reconciliation program by the present administration in the state.
He said the information gotten from the police revealed that the police command arrested the logistics suppliers to the bandits with enough exhibits that are capable of dealing with them by the laws of the land.
The Information Commissioner stated that the suspects have already been interrogated by the police, saying that many of the suspects have made confessional statements on their respective crimes against the people and the government.
He said, “The suspects have since been handed over to their appropriate security authorities for further necessary actions. We feel obliged not to disclose their identities as the security agencies concerned are on top of the issue.”
Dosara further explained that one of the suspects was caught in possession of 20 rounds of 62mm of live ammunition at the point of handing it over to the buyer, one Kabiru Bashiru of Maniya village, a suspected active bandit, having received an advance payment of N100,000.
“The second suspect from Sokoto State was caught by detectives supplying military uniforms and kits to suspected bandits. Nine military bulletproof, four sets of military camouflage uniforms, five pairs of military hand globes, 2 First bank ATMs, 1 Nigeria Army ID Card, and one Samsung Android handset.
“In a similar effort, on 1st of April, 2021, a team of policemen attached to Serious Crime Unit (SCU), while acting on intelligence and credibly information intercepted two suspects from Zurmi and Shinkafi Local Government Areas of the state allegedly supplying bandits with ammunitions and military camouflage from Lagos,” he said.
The commissioner said on the 31st of March, 2021, another team of police officers on patrol along Wanke – Dansadau road apprehended another suspect from the Rukuja axis of Musawa Local Government Area Council of Katsina state, stressing that in the course of interrogation, the suspect was discovered to be from one of the hermitages in the forest of Dansandau, pointing out that while searching through his handset, the suspect’s picture was seen holding an AK47 rifle and other sophisticated weapons belonging to him.
According to him, the fifth suspect from Kamarwa village of Sokoto State, who is a medical doctor was arrested by operation Puff Adder police cop for allegedly supplying military kits to suspected bandits within the Shinkafi area on the 4th of April, saying that ten pairs of military jungle boots, five sets of shinguards and military hand globes were recovered from the suspect.
Dosara further explained that another suspect on the 4th of April, 2021 was caught by a team of policemen attached to the Counter-Terrorism Unit (CTU) (Base 18 Gusau in possession of two locally made guns, 12 live cartridges, a bunch of charms, and cash amounting to N523,000.
However, it could be recalled that recently, the Governor, Bello Mohammed Matawalle said that people would be shocked to the bone marrow to know those aiding and abetting the ugly activities of armed banditry in the State and beyond.
The revelation of the security operatives involved in sabotaging military operations and actions against bandits in the state is a clear indication that the Governor’s statement is nothing but the truth.