Borno Police Bust Foreign Robbery Syndicate, Arrests Ex-Boko Haram Member

The Borno State Police Command has achieved a significant breakthrough in its crime fighting efforts, arresting a member of a foreign robbery syndicate and a former Boko Haram insurgent turned thief in Damasak, Mobar Local Government Area of Borno State.

Paraded by State Commissioner of Police, Abdu Umar, the individuals were among 110 suspects linked to 70 crimes across the state. The arrest of these suspects, including Modu Adamu, a member of the robbery syndicate, and Baba-Goni Mohammed Ibrahim, a repentant Boko Haram member, signifies a major achievement in the fight against crime in Borno State.

Adamu, attired in a Nigerien military uniform during his capture, confessed to his involvement in three separate robbery operations before his arrest. The suspect, who claimed to hail from Diffa, Niger Republic, admitted his luck ran out when the police busted their operation.

Describing the group’s operations, Adamu said, “In our first operation, I was given N130,000, then N50,000 and N10,000 in the second and third operations. We mounted a roadblock for the fourth operation when we suddenly sighted a team of policemen. In a bid to escape, I was apprehended while the other gang members escaped.”

Adamu also revealed that their uniforms and weapons were sourced from a village in Niger Republic’s Diffa province. Expressing regret over his actions, he recounted his previous life tending to his father’s flock around the Diffa and Damasak region.

The repentant Boko Haram member, Baba-Goni, was apprehended for stealing property valued at N170,000 in Maiduguri.

The crimes committed by the 110 suspects paraded by the Commissioner of Police range from homicide and armed robbery to rape, handset snatching, and kidnapping. The Commissioner affirmed the suspects would be prosecuted after a thorough investigation and assured the command’s unwavering dedication to eradicating crime in Borno State.

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