Troops of the Nigerian Army, operating along Mokwa-Jebba road, have arrested a fleeing bandit.
The suspect, who identified himself as Sergeant Aminu Sule, was arrested during a stop and search operation.
A statement by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier -General Onyema Nwachukwu, revealed that troops intercepted a car traveling from Zuru in Kebbi State to Ibadan, Oyo State.
“The vigilant troops spotted an occupant of the vehicle, who claimed to be Sgt. Aminu Sule. Upon a body search, the occupant was found to be in possession of a pair of camouflage uniform, military boots, knife and substance suspected to be charms.
“On further interrogation, the suspect confessed to be traveling to Ogbomosho in Oyo State. He further claimed that the uniform and boots belonged to his brother who is a soldier.
“However, on closely scrutinizing the suspect, he was discovered to be fleeing from the ongoing operations in Niger State to a safe haven,” he said.
The Army Spokesperson stated that the suspect was immediately apprehended and handed over to the Police at Mokwa for further investigation.
“The heat on bandits and other criminal elements in Niger State has caused them to start fleeing to supposed safe heavens. Members of the public, particularly around Niger and contiguous States are therefore enjoined to be vigilant and report any suspected movement of fleeing bandits to security agencies,” Nwachukwu added.
Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major -General Faruk Yahaya, has assured law-abiding citizens of Niger State and indeed Nigeria of the safety of their lives and property.
He further enjoined them to be wary of such sinister movements by fleeing bandits and continue to support the security agencies with useful information to enable them maintain peace and security of the country.