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Borno State Counter Terrorism Police Officer Caught Selling Special Ammunition To Criminals, Cattle Rustlers Paraded

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Sergeant Zachariah John,  Borno State Counter Terrorism Police Officer Caught Selling Special Ammunition To Cattle Rustlers & Criminals Paraded

A police officer with Borno state Counter Terrorism Unit in Maiduguri was arrested in Barkin Ladi area of Plateau state for alleged selling ammunition to criminal.

The officer, Sergeant  Zachariah John was caught selling a round of 7.62MM Special Ammunition to a suspected rustler.

Most of the attacks and killings in Barkin Ladi, Riyom, Mangu and Bassa councils have been linked to proliferation of small arms and light weapons.

Media Officer of Operation Safe Haven Maj. Adam Umar, who paraded the suspects yesterday, said:

“We have in our custody a serving police sergeant – Sgt. Zakariah John – and a suspected rustler – Sani Muhammed – both of whom are suspected to be gun runners.

“We also have in our custody Patrick Choji and Yakubu Davou who were arrested for illegal possession of firearms. We have 10 suspects in all but with various offenses, ranging from rustling, robbery, impersonation and gun running.

“They were arrested from various spots, some from Jos North, Jos South, Barkin Ladi and Nasarawa State.

“Victor Davou and Joshua Dagwom are suspected to be part of those who rustled cows in Fan district of Barkin Ladi before the attacks last month, though we are still investigating to ascertain their level of involvement.”

Narrating how the suspects were arrested, Umar said:

“As we intensified our investigations following the June 23 incident, we arrested one of the rustlers and he confessed that a policeman supplies him ammunition. So he was told to ask for another supply.

“We took the suspect to the meeting point, laid an ambush, and the supplier appeared – he supplied 180 rounds of 7.62MM special. Each round of ammunition was sold for N450. It used to be N400 but according to the supplier, scarcity of the product forced him to increase the price.

“That was how the suspect was arrested and upon interrogation, we discovered he is a police sergeant serving with the Counter Terrorist Unit in Maiduguri.”



  1. Jaburata Noni

    July 27, 2018 at 1:49 AM

    With men like this, the battle over Boko Haram may never be won

  2. mulikat

    July 27, 2018 at 9:18 AM

    they should use this same Ammunition, to kill them, cos they make cattel Rustlers,call fulanis headsmen to kill innocent people, with this Ammunitions.

  3. iron bar

    July 27, 2018 at 11:02 AM

    if u think boko haram and herdsmen crisis happened by accident,think is well planned out,a grand conspiracyfor ethnic cleansing and the security agencies are in compliance.lord have mercy

  4. Jilo

    July 27, 2018 at 6:45 PM

    Our system of investigation is very awkward in Nigeria. We don’t focus our investigation based on hard evidence. The same statement was made by group of herders captured not quite while ago that some top military men supplied them weapons but our investigating officers never dig in deep to fish out those bad eggs in the military.

    Apparently, our politicians are recruiting the Soldiers who were underpaid and induced them with money in order to cause mayhem and destabilizing the whole Country using Fulani herders. Let our Military men set up their dragnet to catch those traitors among them and charge them for treason. Mark my word, if Buhari is elected again in 2019 the nefarious act of herdsmen killing will come to an halt because those who were behind this heinous act will go back into their shell.

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