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Police arrest 5 soldiers for allegedly stealing car, tricycle, others

Five serving Nigerian Army personnel have been arrested for stealing.

Five soldiers have been apprehended by the Borno state police command for personnel for allegedly stealing a car, tricycle and other items at gunpoint.

Confirming the incident, the state Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Aliyu that two soldiers, who were armed with AK-47 rifle and locally made pistol, robbed a tricycle rider and driver of a golf car in two locations in the state.

Aliyu said men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) arrested the soldier while the other fled and is at large, adding that another soldier was also arrested for robbery of a golf car at Bayo Local Government Area in the southern part of Borno.

“SARS operatives arrested a serving member of the Nigerian Army deployed to Monguno and another deployed to Dalori IDPs camp, now at large. They criminally conspired and robbed a man of his Keke NAPEP (tricycle) after firing a shot. The Keke NAPEP is valued at about N600, 000.” The alleged offence took place in Maiduguri on May 13.

“Suspects confessed to having committed the offence of the golf car valued at about N1 million,” the police chief stated.

“Three other soldiers were also apprehended for various robbery-related cases within the metropolis.

A serving member of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) was also arrested for being in possession of 66 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition.

Aliyu assured that the suspects would be charged to court upon the completion of investigations.

 
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