The Borno Police Command has arrested no fewer than 154 suspects for various crimes in the state.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Abdul Umar, confirmed this while briefing newsmen at the command headquarters in Maiduguri.
Umar said that out of the 154 suspects, 67 of them were charged to court and remanded in prison custody for being in possession of dangerous arms and disturbance of public peace in Maiduguri metropolis and its environs.
He explained that during the period under review, there were a total of 45 cases reported at the command, 87 suspects arrested, 10 cases charged to court and 35 cases were still under investigation.
He listed the cases to include four cases of rape; eight cases of culpable homicide with nine suspects arrested and being investigated; four cases of kidnapping with nine suspects arrested and being investigated.
Others were 11 cases of criminal conspiracy, disturbance of public peace, assault and possession of dangerous weapons with 19 suspects arrested, seven charged to court and four being investigated.
“There was also a case of criminal conspiracy and theft of armoured cables with five suspects arrested and one being investigated; three being in possession of dry leaves suspected to be Indian hemp with eight suspects wanted and three being investigated; 12 cases of theft with 18 suspects arrested, three charged to court and nine being investigated,” he said.
Umar noted that there were cases of criminal conspiracy, forgery, abetment and official breach of trust with a suspect arrested and being investigated.
According to him, nine other suspects were arrested for destroying and theft of government properties.
Umar said that a joint effort of the military and the police led to the recovery of three guntrucks and arms after a fierce battle with Boko Haram insurgents.
The police commissioner reiterated the commitment of the command towards fighting crimes in the state, lauding other security agencies and the media for their complementary roles.
In another development, the Borno Police Command said it has arrested 80-year-old Saleh Bukar for allegedly defiling an 11-year-old girl.
The Police Commissioner, Abdu Umar, said this on Wednesday, while parading Bukar and six other rape suspects at the command’s headquarters in Maiduguri.
Umar said that the victim’s elder sister, Fatima Ali, got to know about the incident, when she reportedly noticed an unusual discharge from the victim’s vagina.
According to him, the victim later opened up to Ali and alleged that Bukar had raped her on different occasions.
The police chief also said that the command arrested six suspects for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl.
He said that the suspects were arrested at different locations in the state.
He gave the names of the six suspects as Lawan Nasiru, 43, Musa Tukur, 50, Samaila Hassan, 60, and Garba Suleiman 60.
He said that the suspects, who hail from Hausari area of Maiduguri, lured their victim to a hideout, where they had carnal knowledge of her.
The police boss said that they reportedly induced the girl with money, ranging from N200 to N500, to have carnal knowledge of her on different occasions.
He also said that the command arrested one Baba Goni of Kawuri Village in Magumeri on April 28, for allegedly attacking one Falmata Musa in a bush in the outskirts of the village and forcefully having carnal knowledge of her.
“He was apprehended and brought to the command, where he confessed to committing the act,” Umar said.
He said that the suspects would be charged to court at the end of the investigations.