Three persons suspected to be members of Boko Haram sect were yesterday arrested around Terminus area in Jos, the Plateau State capital.
Daily Trust reports that the three suspects were spotted by traders who claimed they were moving suspiciously around the market area. The traders alerted the police officers stationed at the area, who arrested the three suspects and moved them to the C. Division around Masalacin Jumma’a street.
Mohammed Auwal, a vendor in the area was quoted as saying that the traders noticed the suspicious movement of the suspects after they parked a tinted Honda Accord vehicle.
Auwal said “Some of the traders noticed that they came down from the vehicle and went in different directions so we got suspicious. We confronted them and one of them was found with a number of sim cards.”
Chairman of shoe sellers at the market, Zakari Ya’u Adamu, said the suspects were seen making calls, adding “we divided ourselves into groups and went after them. At the beginning, they were trying to resist our interrogation, but when they noticed that some youths were ready to attack them, they cooperated. One of them was found with five sim cards while the other was found with four.”
The chairman said one of the suspects claimed to be an aide to the sacked chairman of Qua’an Pan Local Government Area.
“We then went to the Terminus police station and they all wrote contradictory statements before they were moved to the C. Division,” he said.
He said with the spate of attacks by terrorists, the traders assigned youths to monitor people around the market.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Abu, asked for time to confirm and comment on the arrest but he was yet to do that at the time this report was filed.
Credits: Daily Trust.com.ng
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