No fewer than 28 terror suspects have been arrested by the Nigerian army in Jigawa, Kano and Katsina states, the commander of third Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Kano, Brigadier General Hamisu Hassan has said.
General Hassan who stated this yesterday, when he paid courtesy visit to Katsina State governor, Aminu Bello Masari gave a breakdown of the arrests as 17 in Kano, 10 in Jigawa and one in Katsina states.
Hassan said the arrests were done during about 28 operations against terrorism that were carried out within the catchment of the Brigade.
General Hassan disclosed that the army had conducted 93 operations against cattle rustling with so many recoveries within Rugu forest in Katsina State.
He stressed the need for collaboration between the army and Katsina, Zamfara, Kano, Jigawa and Bauchi states in combing Rugu and Falgore forests to fish out armed bandits and lauded Governor Masari for spearheading the fight against cattle rustling.
Responding, Governor Aminu Bello Masari pledged total support to the ongoing war against armed banditry in the North-West Zone assuring that no effort would be spared to ensure the military work in unison in combating the menace.
Masari said Katsina State would provide security agencies with all the necessary support and available resources to prevent armed banditry.
Governor Masari noted that the armed forces had in the last six months proved capable of dealing with insurgency in parts of the country.
Army Captures 4 Boko Haram Members In Bauchi
The Nigerian army has arrested the alleged Boko Haram spy of the 2011 Christmas Day bomb blast that killed about 44 persons and wounded 75 others at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church at Madalla, Niger State at Alkaleri town in Bauchi State.
The alleged spy Victor Moses was arrested while loitering around a mosque in Alkaleri town claiming that he wanted to convert to Islam. Victor who hails from Benue State was arrested alongside three other suspects, Abubakar Shetima Bama, Salisu Mohammed Bello and Umar Madaki.
The suspects were paraded before the Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Yusuf Buratai who was in Bauchi on an official engagement in Bauchi.