By Ndahi Marama
MAIDUGURI — FOLLOWING the jail break in Bauchi and release of over 700 inmates by the Boko Haram sect, the police in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, have arrested 10 suspected members of Boko Haram who were said to have allegedly attacked and killed nine policemen and village heads in Maiduguri and Bama council areas, while three other suspects were said to be among the 123 Boko Haram suspects that escaped from last Tuesday’s Bauchi jail break.
Even though the suspects were not found with any arms and ammunition, one Jidda, who is still at large, was said to have engaged in the production of local arms and ammunition for the Boko Haram sect, which they used in their heinous act in Bauchi.
The commissioner of police, Ibrahim Abudu, in an interview with newsmen in Maiduguri, at the police headquarters, disclosed that the 10 suspects were picked up and arrested at the weekend in Gomari, Gwange, Limanti and Bulumkutu wards of Maiduguri metropolis.
He said all the suspects confessed to the police that they each actively participated in the attacks and killings of policemen and ward heads in the Maiduguri metropolis.
On the arrest of two from the Bauchi prison, he said: “The joint police and military task force popularly known as Operation Flush II was on routine ‘stop and search’ in Maiduguri when the two Boko Haram suspects were picked up last Sunday, four days after they escaped from the Bauchi prisons.”
He said with the restriction of motorcyclists from 6pm-7am in the state, the police had also intensified the ‘stop and search’ of all vehicles and motorcycles at strategic locations of Maiduguri.
He, therefore, called on the general public to fully cooperate with the police and the Operation Flush II security outfit in fishing out more of the Boko Haram suspects that escaped from the Bauchi prison and the ones still in the midst of communities in Borno and neighbouring states of Yobe, Bauchi, Adamawa and Gombe.