The police in Edo state on Thursday said they have arrested four suspected members of Boko Haram who escaped into the state after perpetrating heinous crimes in neighbouring Kogi state.
Commissioner of Police in the state, Mohammed DanMallam disclosed this in an interview with in Benin. He said that the suspects were nabbed on a tip-off at their hide-out in Afuze.
He said that on interrogation, one of the suspects confessed to having killed 40 of his victims, while another confessed to have escaped from Koton Karfe Prison in 2014 and having also participated in an armed robbery in Ekiti state in 2013.
However, the police boss said that the suspects would be handed over to the Kogi state police command for further interrogation as their crimes were perpetrated in that state.
DanMallam added that since the inauguration of “Operation Puff Adder” in the state on May 2, the command has recorded some achievements in the fight against crime and criminality.
He explained that 34 suspects have been arrested in connection with armed robbery and four others apprehended in connection with kidnapping, adding that 32 suspected cultists have been arrested since the operation began and that 10 different arms and 215 ammunitions were recovered from the suspects.
The police chief disclosed that nine victims were rescued from suspected kidnappers while 11 vehicles were also recovered and restated that the fight against crime is continuous and that the command was committed to reducing crime cases in the state to the barest minimum.
DanMallam said that it was untrue that any life was lost in the clash by cult groups in Benin on Monday. According to him, nobody died during the cult clash around Murtala Mohammed Way, but there was an attempt by some cultists to cause trouble, but we got credible information and the police team repelled them.