police authorities have dismissed 14 policemen for
selling arms and explosives to militants and kidnappers
and for aiding them to perpetrate their nefarious
activities across the country.
Nine of the
dismissed policemen, paraded before journalists on
Tuesday in Abuja, were also alleged to have connived
with other criminals to engage in cattle rustling and
armed robbery in the North-East.
suspects, who had been stripped of their ranks,
include ex-Assistant Superintendent of Police,
Yuguda Abbah; ex-Sergeants Habila Sarki, Diphen
Nimmyel, Yasan Danda, Abbas Mailalle, Bwanason
Tanko, Donan James and ex-Corporals Idris Salisu
and Zakari Kofi. The police spokesman, Donald
Awunah, said the interrogation and confessions
of the former policemen, led to the arrest of 29
principal suspects and recovery of many arms and
recovered include 14 AK47 rifles with their numbers
intact, three AK47 with their numbers etched out, one
pump action rifle, one locally-made pistol, 42 empty
magazines, 363 rounds of AK47 live ammunition, 71 K2
live ammunition and 25 live cartridges.
that in October, 2016, one Alhaji Hodi Adamu, a
notorious armed robbery suspect was arrested by the
police in Adamawa State, saying that his confession led
to the arrest of two other suspects, Rabo Bello and
Oliver Honiol, whose statements led to the arrest of the
nine dismissed policemen.
“The principal suspects and the dismissed police
officers will soon be charged to court,” he said.
Abbah, in an interview with newsmen, admitted to selling
AK47 rifles to criminals, but he was not allowed to
elaborate before he was taken away with his disgraced
Awunah further said that another set of four policemen,
had also been dismissed for aiding and abetting criminal
acts in Kogi State.
He said that investigation revealed that ex-Sgts.
Musbahu Yahaya, Ugenlo Sylvester, Musa Umar and ex-Cpl.
Omale Edicha collaborated with a notorious
kidnapper/armed robber, Zakari Isiaka, to carry out
various violent crimes in the state.
The police said they recovered various exhibits from the
suspects, including one AK-47 rifle, one G3 rifle, a
Baretta rifle, an assault rifle, two K2 live ammunition,
two AK-47 magazines; three K2 magazines and two G3
Awunah said, “On August 16, 2016, four policemen
mentioned above, serving with the Kogi State command
were arrested for compromising and conspiring with one
Zakari Ya’u Isiaka, a notorious armed robber, kidnapper
and murderer who has been on the wanted list of the
police in Kogi State.
“The suspect confessed to have been actively involved in
many armed robberies, kidnapping and murder cases within
Kogi and other North-Central states. The dismissed
policemen were interrogated and found to have conspired
and compromised their call to duty.”
In a similar development, the police alleged that
ex-Sgt. Laibi Opakegba was intercepted discussing with
one Abiodun Amos (aka Senti) about sourcing and
supplying dynamites to militants.
The Force spokesman explained that Amos , a 43 year-old
militant and a native of Ese-Odo Local Government Area
of Ondo State, was arrested at the bank of Majidun River
in Ikorodu area of Lagos State while in possession of
two AK47 rifles.
He added that the suspect named other members of his
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