Police rescue herdsmen, 200 cattle from Boko Haram insurgents in Borno

Maiduguri, Feb. 13, 2018 (TNE) The Borno Police Command says its men has rescued herdsmen and more than 200 cattle from Boko Haram insurgents at Nganzai Local Government Area of the state.

The Commissioner, Mr Damian Chukwu, said this while briefing newsmen at the end of the monthly police officers’ meeting on Monday in Maiduguri.

Chukwu said the herdsmen were rescued on Feb. 2, by a joint operation between the police and Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), at Galte Forest area.

He explained that the operation was conducted following a tip-off which indicated that the insurgents had held a number of herdsmen hostage and were demanding for ransom.

“The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in the area led a successful operation and engaged the insurgents in gun battle.

“The police rescued the herdsmen and their animals while the insurgents fled. The police recovered one General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) and five rounds of ammunition”.

Chukwu said that during the period, the police also neutralised two female suicide bombers when they attempted to attack Police Divisional Office in Dikwa local government area of the state.

The commissioner commended the DPO of Nganzai and Dikwa divisions for outstanding performances, noting that for the second time, Nganzai police post succeeded in its rescue operation in the past one year.

Commenting on the operation against armed robbery, Chukwu said that one bandit was killed in gun duel with members of vigilante group at Askira-Tuga road in Damboa, adding that one AK-47 rifle was recovered from the scene of the attack.

He said the command had arrested one Peter Ali in possession of two cars without valid documentation, adding that the suspect admitted the cars were stolen in Abuja and sold to him by one Paul James.

“Also, one Abubakar Umar was arrested in possession of a Honda Accord car with registration number AT815 FGE, stole from Kano.

“Three other persons Taju Muhammad, Abdulrahaman Zarami and Babagana Ibrahim were also arrested in possession of 10 cell phones suspected to be stolen from a Non Governmental Organisation operating in the state.

“The police also recovered two 17.5 KVA Mikano and Lister Peters generators which were stolen from MTN service station in Marte,” he added.

(TNE)

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