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Edo police arrest four suspected Boko Haram members

Police spokesperson Frank Mba

By Peterson Ibi/Benin

The tactical teams of the Edo state police command have arrested four supected members of the much dreaded Boko Haram insurgents.

Spokesperson of the command, Chidi Nwabuzor, in a statement he released to journalists in Benin Saturday evening, described the suspects as notorious members of kidnapping and armed robbery syndicates ​that are terrorizing Kogi and Edo states axis.

The statement disclosed that a coordinated intelligence collaboration between operatives of the DSS and the police, led to the arrest of the suspects.

It said: “Based on credible intelligence through the Directorate of the State Security (DSS) in conjunction with the office of the Inspector-General of Police, Edo state police command was alerted by the Inspector-General of Police that the above mentioned criminal elements are planning coordinated attacks against police formations in Edo state.

“The commissioner of police, Edo state command, DanMallam Mohammed, directed the tactical teams of the command to go after the criminals.

“On 19/04/2019, a robust raiding, coding and search was conducted within Auchi axis, which resulted to the arrest of the following: Salihu Uzovehe (23), Hadi Musa Gambari (23), Tijani Garuba (24) and Mohammed Abdulkadri (44), who are deadly and notorious gang members of kidnapping and armed robbery syndicates ​that are terrorising Kogi and Edo states axis.”

Items allegedly recovered from the suspects inclide an old Toyota Valet car with registration number AG-721-AGZ, one pump action gun, two locally-made guns, 20 live cartridges, a pair of police mobile force uniform, two face masks and charms.

“The command therefore appeals to the members of the public to be vigilant and always be at alert about suspicious movement of persons and report same to the police,” the statement concluded.