Troops of the Nigerian Army operating along the Mokwa-Jebba road have revealed that they intercepted and arrested a fleeing bandit suspected to be traveling from Zuru to Ibadan.
Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, made the disclosure in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.
According to the statement, the suspect was picked up during a stop and search operation along the road on Sunday, in possession of a pair of camouflage, military boots, knife and substance suspected to be charms. He allegedly confessed to being on his way to Ogbomosho in Oyo State.
The suspect, who claimed earlier to be Sgt Aminu Sule, added however, that the uniform and boots found on him belonged to his brother who is a soldier. He was however, discovered to be fleeing from the ongoing operations in Niger State to a safe haven and subsequently handed over to the police for further action.
“The heat on bandits and other criminal elements in Niger State has caused them to start fleeing to supposed safe havens.
Members of the public, particularly around Niger and contiguous states are, therefore, enjoined to be vigilant and report any suspected movement of fleeing bandits to security agencies.
Nigerians must be wary of such sinister movements by fleeing bandits and continue to support the security agencies with useful information to enable them maintain peace and security of the country,” Nwachukwu said.