Jalingo - The police in Taraba on Tuesday said that it had arrested five persons in connection with alleged illegal possession of firearms, burglary and snatching of motorcycles.
The Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Jibril Adeniyi, said this at a news conference in Jalingo.
He said that two of the suspects, Babagana Ibrahim and Abubakar Mohammed, had confessed to having links to a notorious armed robber in Gassol area, Babangida.
Adeniyi said that on October 27, Babangida and one other person escaped at a police checkpoint near Sindirde area, when they ran into the bush leaving behind their motorcycle and a box containing firearms.
"On searching the abandoned box, two AK47 rifles with 50 rounds of live ammunition and one K2 rifle with 20 eight rounds of live ammunition were recovered,” he said.
Adeniyi said that Ibrahim and Mohammed confessed that they had earlier conveyed Babangida and his group to the area for a robbery operation, adding that they were going to pick and convey the group back to Tella area at the time of their arrest.
The commissioner said that Babangida was also responsible for the Oct. 8 robbery at a cattle market in Iware area, in which one of the robbery suspects lost his life, while over N3 million was stolen.
Adeniyi said that all the accused persons would be charged to court after the completion of investigations.
He said that the command had also arrested three persons, Mohammed Sambo, Kaleb Abel and Elisha Abel, for snatching motorcycles and burglary in Gembu area.
The commissioner said the suspects had confessed to the crime, admitting that they usually dismantled the stolen motorcycles and sold the parts in the neighbouring Cameroun Republic.
He said that the case was still under investigation and called on the general public to always assist the police with relevant information that could aid crime prevention and control.