Barely two days to the official visit to Bauchi State by the Vice-president Namadi Sambo, the state police command has explained how its officers killed a suspected Boko Haram member and nabbed four others on Tuesday at the Gadan Maiwa Village in Ningi local government area of the state.
Addressing newsmen yesterday in his office, the state commissioner of police, Muhammed Ladan, said the insurgents were arrested around 3pm following a tip-off. He revealed that one of the suspects was killed while the four others were caught alive during a shootout between the police operatives and the hoodlums.
He said after the suspected insurgents were nabbed, the security agents recovered dangerous weapons in their vehicle, that included 11 AK 47 rifles, 1,081 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition, 12 loaded magazines, eight empty magazines and one fabricated rocket launcher with three live cartridges.
Others, according to him, were four Nokia phone, four batteries for powering explosive devices with cables and a Toyota starlet car with registration number KAF 290 AA.
The police chief also stated that the command had similarly intercepted a Peugeot 505 station wagon with registration number A411 GAK from one Mustapha M. of Dutsen Tanshi area in the Bauchi metropolis on October 5, 2013, alongside his accomplice, Ali Mohammed, of Chibok LGA of Borno State where the police recovered 20 brand new single-barrel guns, 2293 cartridges and 20 expended cartridges.
Meanwhile, scores of Boko Haram terrorists may have died in Borno State yesterday as soldiers of the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army raided and destroyed two different camps of the insurgents, military sources said.
The raid, which involved both land and air assaults executed by the operatives of the 7 Div and that of Nigeria Air-force were carried out in the villages of Goho and Marguba near Mainok town of Kaga local government area.