Police arrest 85 suspects for rape, others secure 27 convictions in Borno
By Njadvara Musa, Maiduguri
The Borno State Police Command has arrested 85 suspects for rape and other criminal activities, in Maiduguri Metropolitan Council (MMC), Jere and Biu local councils of state.
The criminal activities comprised conspiracy, homicides and robbery between October and December 2023.
Parading the suspects on Friday in Maiduguri, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Hahum Daso disclosed: “Out of the 49 recorded cases, 27 suspects have been convicted,” stating that 14 cases are being investigated, while 31 others were charged to court.
He added that the arrests were made by the Joint Anti-Vice Unit of the police for criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly, possession of weapons and alleged involvement in illicit drugs.
Besides the arrests, the police also recovered exhibits of Indian hemp, a sword, two pots used for inhaling shisha and five snatched mobile phones.
While highlighting some of the criminal activities, the Spokesman said: “Fatima Abatcha and her accomplish, Mohammed Isa are to be arraigned in court for theft of mobile phones.”
He explained that the syndicate operates by posing as house helps to steal mobile phones of residents in Maiduguri metropolis and Jere council,” adding that stolen items included electric generators and air conditioners from various burgled houses.
The syndicate operated by posing as house helps to steal mobile phones from people’s houses.
According to him, Shaibu Saleh was arrested for illegal possession of a locally made pistol.
Continued; he added: “Saleh confessed to acquiring the weapon from Abubakar of Kalimbo village, Yobe state during Christmas and New Year festivities.
“We also arrested eight suspected Malian gang members, while raiding their hideouts in Mairi, Fori, Tashan Bama and Gwange communities of MMC and Jere council.”
He noted that the case is currently under investigation, and the suspects will be prosecuted in the court of law.