According to a Press Release signed by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu available to SOJ WORLDWIDE, the bandit was escaping from the hot spot of Niger State to a save haven in Ogbomoso when he was arrested.
“TROOPS ARREST SUSPECTED BANDIT IN POSSESSION OF MILITARY KITS
Troops of the Nigerian Army, operating along Mokwa-Jebba road, have arrested a fleeing bandit during a stop and search operation along the road on Sunday.
However, on closely scrutinizing the suspect, he was discovered to be fleeing from the ongoing operations in Niger state to a safe haven. The suspect was immediately apprehended and handed over to the police at Mokwa for further investigation.
The heat on bandits and other criminal elements in Niger State has caused them to start fleeing to supposed safe heavens. Members of the public, particularly around Niger and contiguous states are therefore enjoined to be vigilant and report any suspected movement of fleeing bandits to security agencies.
Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General Faruk Yahaya, has assured law abiding citizens of Niger State and indeed Nigeria of the safety of their lives and property.
He further enjoined them to be wary of such sinister movements by fleeing bandits and continue to support the security agencies with useful information to enable them maintain peace and security of the country.”