BOKO HARAM: POLICE ARREST 8 SUSPECTS
No fewer than eight persons suspected to be connected with the recent killings of security agents, traditional rulers, politicians and other people in Borno State have been arrested by the police while three vehicles allegedly linked with the suspected serial killers were also impounded.
A release signed by the state Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Abubakar and made available to Daily Sun in Maiduguri said 'the police had nabbed eight prime suspects strongly believed to be members of religious fundamentalists, otherwise known as Boko Haram. The miscreants were arrested at various locations in the state capital.'
Abubakar said the information given to the police led to the arrest of the suspects and interception of the vehicles. He gave the description of the vehicles and their registration numbers as Charmant, ash colour (AE 239 HWL), a Golf, red colour (BK 693 FKJ) and a Camry LE, noting that the impounded vehicles were helping the police in investigation of the acts perpetrated by the suspected fundamentalists.
He claimed the vehicles were used in committing the killings of innocent persons in the state, adding that the suspects were apprehended between December 4 and 6 following intensive police patrol, surveillance and intelligence gathering. 'The suspects equally made cautionary statements to the police at the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID). In fact, they are tremendously assisting in investigation,' he added.
The CP disclosed that the ongoing investigation into the case would determine the degree of involvement of the suspects in the recent killings. He also said the command had designed strategies and operational ability by putting all machinery in motion to fish out the remaining members of the sect even as he disclosed that some hideouts of the serial killers had been discovered by the police.
He said the police had commenced regular raids of some areas suspected to harbour the fundamentalists and their weapons, urging the people to cooperate with the police.