Kaduna police parade Boko Haram suspects

The police in Kaduna apprehend some suspected Boko Haram members.

The police in Kaduna on Wednesday paraded two alleged members of the Boko Haram sect, a former Air Force officer, and about 27 other robbery suspects.

The Kaduna State Police Command said they recovered items and weapons from the suspects including military AK 47 ammunition, barrel pistol live ammunition, cutlasses, chemicals, wires. Dynamites, iPads, digital cameras, knives, cables, laptops, handmade pistol, automatic rifles, SIM cards of various networks, and nine jerry cans of 25litres chemicals among other items.

The former Air Force officer, who identified himself as Solomon Adole, and adds that he was dismissed from the force, admitted to newsmen that he committed the crime for which he was arrested. He said he had no option than to get involved in car theft and other robbery activities, because he was unlawfully dismissed from the Air Force over an argument with some border security agents when he imported rice.

The Boko Haram suspects were arrested during a raid at Tundun Wada in Kaduna South Local Government Area, the Kaduna Police Public Relations Officer, Aminu Lawan, said.

The police spokesman said two of the guns recovered from the men were conspicuously labeled ‘BH’ with red ink.

He said several of the others were arrested during a raid in Zaria, Kaduna as well. He also said, after completion of necessary investigation, the suspects will be charged to court and made to face the full wrath of the law.

Mr. Lawan said the police will not relent in ensuring that people with questionable characters are fished out from their hide-outs. He also solicited the support of the general public for relevant information that will aid the police in their duties.

The parade of suspects has been criticised by lawyers and civil society organisations, while a court had also described the act as illegal.

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