Police arrest top Amazonian commander in Taraba
• Bello boasts of eradicating insecurity in Kogi
• Kaduna debunks terrorist attacks, blockage of highway
Taraba State Police Command has arrested commander of the Amazonian army terrorising some border communities in the state.
The commander, identified as General Basile, was reportedly arrested, yesterday, in Kurmi Local Council of the state.
Kurmi is one out of the five local councils that share boundaries with Cameroon.
Confirming the arrest in Jalingo, yesterday, the Commissioner of Police, Abimbola Shokoya, said the suspect and his gang had been terrorising residents of border communities in the council.
Arrest of the suspects, the CP said, followed a tip-off to the command. He urged the residents to go about their daily activities, as relevant security measures to checkmate invaders had been put in place by the command.
Chairman of Kurmi, John Joseph, had, on several occasions, raised the alarm of invasion of villages in his council by soldiers from the neighbouring country.
MEANWHILE, Kaduna State government has debunked claims of attack on Kaduna-Abuja highway by terrorists, urging the citizens to disregard the rumour.
Saying there was no attack on the road, the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, stated, yesterday: “The Kaduna State government wishes to firmly debunk this message and advises citizens to completely disregard the mischievous report in circulation.
“The government is in constant touch with security agencies in the general area, and constantly following security situation on the Kaduna-Abuja road and other locations under watch.”
IN another development, Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has said his administration has dealt a heavy blow on insecurity, thus making the state, once adjudged as headquarters of kidnapping and criminalities, the safest in Nigeria.
Bello stated this while declaring open a meeting of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) Media and Communications Programmes Steering Committee with Commissioners for Information of All progressives Congress (APC) States holding in Lokoja.
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Chief Edward Onoja, disclosed that his determination to eradicate all forms of criminality in the state informed the numerous international awards he won on security, with the most recent from President Muhammadu Buhari at the Villa.