- As police arrest 3 more Ansaru terrorists
From Femi Oyelola and Yusuf Idris Kaduna
Following the feat recorded against members of Ansaru terrorists group and bandits terrorizing Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State, the Inspector General of Police has vowed that more trouble awaits the terrorists and bandits.
He gave assurance that many others will follow until the criminals are flushes out of the area.
The Police Chief gave the assurance when he visited the troops injured from Wednesday’s attack on the police operational helicopter in Kuduru village yesterday.
This is just as the Police operatives have arrested three (3) more members of the Ansaru Terror Group.
A statement by DCP Frank Mba, Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters Abuja yesterday gave the names of the arrested terrorists as Munkailu Liman Isah aka Babban Driver (male) 32yrs, Abdullahi Saminu aka Danmunafiki (male) 21yrs and Aminu Usman (male) 22yrs.
According to the statement, this brings the number of persons arrested to eight (8).
The Inspector General of Police,
represented by Deputy Inspector General in charge of Operation, Abdul Majeed Ali, disclosed that the Force lost another injured personnel by name Sgt. Idris on Friday morning.
The death of Sgt. Idris brings to two the number of personnel lost by the force, while 13 others were receiving medical attention at two medical facilities in Kaduna.
The DIG Operation said he was sent by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu to see the condition of the gallant troops who were injured during the operation that was carried three days ago.
“And am very happy that what I saw was very satisfying as the injured men are very stable, even the Doctor treating them said there is no need to worry as they are responding to treatment.
“The Inspector General of Police is very disturbed, but I assure you that we will give them the best of treatment as we will still go into their issue to see how fast they can respond to treatment.
“Unfortunately, we lost another personnel which increased the number of death to two whose names are Muhammad Abubakar and Sgt. Idris.
“It is a continuous operation as this is not the first one, it is just that this is a very special one because the police has woken up and are equal to the task of fighting every bandit in the country until it is cleared.
“Thirteen of the men were injured, four will be discharged today while the rest will continue to be under observation,” he said.
Speaking on the operation, the IGP said the Ansaru terrorists group have extended their tentacles to Birnin-Gwari and large area of Pandongari in Niger State too.
According to him, “We have taken note of them for a very long time and we had put a lot of intelligence on them. However, the operation in Kuduru happens to be the first in line up of our operations to wipe out terrorists from Birnin-Gwari.
“So, we want to assure Nigerians that, very soon, Kaduna-Birnin Gwari road will be passable very soon and Nigerians will have freedom of movement everywhere,” he said.
On the arrest of three more terrorists, police said the suspects are already assisting Police investigators with useful information relating to the membership spread and make-up, criminal/operational records, logistics and general modus operandi of the terror group.
It said that, preliminary investigation reveals that the arrested suspects were actively involved in the recent attack and attempted kidnap of the Emir of Potiskum that resulted in the gruesome killing of the Emir’s Police escorts.
“They were also involved in several other kidnap operations and terror attacks on commuters and other innocent citizens along some major highways, especially in the North-West and North Central States of the country.
“Unfortunately, investigation also reveals that some citizens, especially those within the business community, give tacit support to the terror groups by deliberately doing businesses with them through the supply of essential goods, drugs (licit/illicit) and other services. To this end, the IGP calls for patriotism amongst the people, noting that this is the only way the fight against the criminal elements can truly be won.
“While Police operatives are on the close trail of other fleeing members of the terror groups and their collaborators, the IGP has expressed immense appreciation to all and sundry, especially the good people of Birnin-Gwari and environs for their understanding, cooperation and support which have resulted in the measure of successes recorded so far particularly in the fight against terrorism, banditry and other heinous crimes in the country,” the statement said.