Boko Haram suspects have engaged police operatives in a fierce gun battle during an operation, Kano police Commissioner, Rabiu Yusuf said Sunday.The terrorists also launched IEDs during the duel.
However, the police succeeded in arresting five suspected Boko Haram members at Gayawa area of Ungogo Local Government area of the State,CP Yusuf , disclosed during a briefing Sunday.
He said the suspects were arrested following an active intelligence from the Nigeria Police Force indicating the remnant of BH Group who escaped from Sambisa Forest had started regrouping in some States in the North including Kano State.
CP Yusuf said “It is because of the concern to ensure that they don’t attack any location in any State, the IGP Ibrahim K. Idris NPM, mni set up Joint Police Special Team comprising of Special Tactical Force (STF), Special Anti-Robbery Squad Kano, the Force Intelligence Unit and other undercover operative Units as well as Conventional Police Team under the Supervision of CP Kano State Command.
“This Joint team has been on the trail of the remnant of Boko Haram Group in various locations in Kano and environs for some time.
According to the CP “The Special Police Team has prevented several attempts in various places in Kano and its environs by this Boko Haram Group to attack innocent citizens in Kano.
“The sustenance of this operation by Special Forces yielded positive result this morning when the team intercepted the remnant of BH Group while they were about to move to attack public centres, Places of Worship and other places where people gathered to carry out their means of livelihood.
He disclosed that “The Police Team came under attack (from) this remnants and they were repelled. In the process they(Police) were able to arrest five suspects, three male and two females three. Police operatives sustained injuries from the IEDs and gunshots launched on them by this terrorist group. They are currently receiving treatment in the Hospital.
According to the police, “all the suspects confessed to be active members of the BH group that involved in several killings of innocent Nigerians in Kano and other North Eastern States. They equally volunteered confessional statement indicating the planned attack they were about to carry out in Kano and other North Eastern States.”
The arrested suspects include Abba Mohammed of Niger Republic, aged 20yrs; Usman A. Buhari, aged 23yrs of Borno State and Iliyasu Abdullahi, aged 46yrs of Gezawa LGA, Kano State
He gave names of the arrested Female Boko Haram suspects as Aisha Ya’u, 25yrs and Ladidi Yunusa, aged 27yrs both of Kwana Hudu Qtrs, Kano State.
The exhibits recovered from the suspects include One AK47 Rifle No. 58008821; Forty Nine Ammunition; Four Magazines ; Pieces of IEDS Recovered; Two Sets of Air Force Uniform; Four Caps Of Air force Uniform;One Hand smoke; One Military Boot; One set of Camouflage Uniform; One Volkswagen Motor vehicle Key; One Laptop; One IPad; Some pictures of the suspects with Military Uniform and Some operational black masks