By Peter Duru
MAIDUGURI — IN its effort to reduce crime in the state, the Borno State Police Command, yesterday, shot dead two robbers and recovered two AK 47 rifles with 10 loaded magazines.
Briefing journalists at the police headquarters, yesterday in Maiduguri, the Borno State Police Commissioner, Alhaji Mohammed Jingiri, said the robbery suspects over the years had been terrorising communities in Keskes of Kumshe District in Bama Local Government Area.
He said the suspects believed to be from the neighbouring Cameroon Republic, usually came to the communities every year to disposses them of their cash and valuables and sometimes raided markets and places where cash transactions take place.
The police commissioner said after the robbers informed the communities that they were coming to collect their “tax” the communities contacted the police commissioner who deployed the anti-robbery squad to ambush them.
He said the villagers first engaged the robbers, before they were over-powered by the superior fire power of the police, adding that items recovered from the bandits, include Cameroonian Customs identity card, 2 AK 47 rifles and 10 loaded magazines.
On restrictions of commercial vehicles’ movements in the Maiduguri metropolis, the commissioner said the restrictions had been reviewed forward from 6:00 a.m. to 8: 00 p.m., warning that all unregistered Golf vehicles should be registered and painted in taxi colours or their drivers would face the wrath of the law.
Alh. Abubakar said that he regarded people who hide under the umbrella of religion to perpetrate crime as fundamentalists and terrorists and would be dealt with, adding that people should always be security conscious and report any suspicious movements to the police.
He said security is every- body’s business as the police are not everywhere to get in- formation, stressing that he had given out police GSM numbers to over 500,000 people and that every information is treated confidentially.