The Taraba State Police Command, has apprehended a 19-year-old suspect in possession of ammunition and dangerous weapons.
Police Commissioner in the state, Shaba Alkali, while briefing journalists in his office stated that a special squad involved in mopping up of firearms in the state arrested the suspect.
He said that suspects involved in several crimes ranging from armed robbery, kidnapping, cattle rustling as well as unlawful possession of firearms were also arrested.
The Police Commissioner, speaking on the command’s achievement in fighting crime explained that suspects currently in Police custody for various offences would be charged to court..
He said that the success rate of crime fighting in the state has increased following the introduction of the special squad in collaboration with the vigilante group and the public.
He went ahead to read the riot act to criminal elements still operating in the state.
He said further that maintaining the tempo in ridding the state of criminal elements requires the combined efforts of security agents and the public.
A combined team of soldiers and other security agencies on Thursday morning discovered a bomb making factory at a house located at Makarfi Street in Rigasa, Igabi local government area of Kaduna state, following a tip off from some members of the public.
The assistant director public relations of Nigerian Army one division; Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman in a statement he issued to journalists said the discovery followed a cordon and search operation carried out in the area by security agents on Thursday morning.
The exchange of fire that ensued however resulted to the death of five terrorists, while the two others that sustained various degrees of injuries are being treated at the hospital.
Colonel Usman stated that the building housing the bomb making factory has been demolished in line with Army’s resolve to deter terrorists from their activities.
During the operation, five mark-4 rifles, three pump action rifles, twenty rolls of detonating cords and twenty one 9’ volt batteries were recovered. Other weapons recovered during the operation include two remote switches, five assorted daggers and jack-knives and one firing cable as well as other improvised explosive devices materials.
The Army spokesman further disclosed that some suspected terrorists opened fire and also threw the already primed IEDs at the troop as they approached the bomb factory.
The statement further commended the efforts of the well-meaning citizens that reported the matter and also reiterate Army’s resolve to fight terrorism in the country.
Colonel Usman also appealed to the public to report any suspicious movement, establishment or persons in their environment as such information would be treated with absolute confidentiality.