By Abdulaziz Sani
In a renewed efforts to checkmate farmers-herdsmen clashes, kidnappings and other sundry crimes in Taraba State and its environs, troops of the 93 Battalion Takum have arrested a mercenary and 12 other suspected criminals in different parts of the state.
Spokesman to the 82 Division, Sagir Musa, said as a standing policy of the Nigerian Army, the division has therefore directed the handover of all the suspects to the Taraba State Police Command.
“In compliance with the instruction, the battalion has successfully transferred/handed over the suspects and the exhibits of 1 x Ak 47 Riffle with 10 rounds of 7.62 mm special ammunition to the Commissioner of Police, Taraba State for further necessary action.
“The suspects and the evidences were handed over between 19 and 22 May 2017.
“The suspects are Mr Babatunde Oladiji – 48 years – a mercenary caught with AK 47 Rifles with 10 rounds of 7.62 mm special ammunition (Handed over to the Divisional Police Officer, Takum Local Government, Taraba State).
“Others are Mr Igba Shiaondo – 26 years, Mr Mngo Asui – 38years, Mr Dengi Usman -28 years, Mr Sani Ali – 20 years, Mr Suleiman Yahaiya – 20 years, Mr Umar Sanda – 19 years, Mr Zakari Umar – 20 years, Mr Ishiaku Gado – 19 years, Mr Mulega Uma – 21 years, Mr Yusuf Gbokolo – 20 years, Mr Msughter Uter – 27 years and Mr Innocent Danwua – 47 years,” Mr Musa, a colonel, said.
Similarly, the colonel said two impersonators, 26-year-old Makrop Jonah and 22-year-old Nanbal James, dressed in Nigerian Army camouflage uniform with walking boots, were apprehended by a patrol team of 93 Battalion at Ibi Local Government Area, Delta State on 5 May 2017.
“On questioning, the suspects claimed to be personnel of the Nigerian Navy Tactical Operations Unit in Delta State on “reconnaissance” for possible deployment on Ibi Water Ways. Further scrutiny indicated that they are fake.
“Consequently, as a NA and indeed 82 Division principle, they too, were transferred to the Nigerian Police Force Taraba State for necessary action,” he added.