By Kunle Adedoyin
Police authorities in Edo State on Thursday announced the arrest of four suspected members of Boko Haram who escaped into the state after perpetrating heinous crimes in neighbouring Kogi State.
Mr Mohammed DanMallam, the Commissioner of Police in the state, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin, said that the suspects were nabbed on a tip-off in their hide-out in Afuze, Edo North Senatorial District.
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 Karfi Prison in 2014, and also participated in an armed robbery in Ekiti in 2013.
He, however, said that the suspects would be handed over to the Police in Kogi for further interrogation as their crimes were perpetrated in that state.
DanMallam also told NAN that since the inauguration of “Operation Puff Adder” in the state on May 2, the command had recorded some achievements in the fight against crime and criminality.
He explained that 34 suspects had been arrested in connection with armed robbery, and four others apprehended in connection with kidnapping.
He added that 32 suspected cultists had been arrested since the operation began, and that 10 different arms and 215 ammunitions were recovered.
The police chief disclosed that nine victims were rescued from suspected kidnappers, while 11 vehicles were also recovered.
He restated that the fight against crime was continuous and that the command was committed to reducing the 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.
“We arrested two of them who are still with us and under investigation because they are from rival groups.”