Police arrests suspected bomb manufacturer in Taraba
Jethro Yerga, Jalingo
The Taraba State Police Command has arrested a suspected bomb manufacturer in Gassol Local Government Area of Taraba State.
The suspect, identified as Bala Usman ‘M’ was arrested in Gunduma Village, via Mutum Biyu town during his foiled attempt to kill one Usman Yaki, ‘M’, an indigene of the town.
Parading the suspect, Thursday at the Taraba State Police Command Jalingo, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Abimbola A. Sokoya, narrated that on the 9th day of June, 2022 at about 2100hrs, the suspect, Usman ‘M’ of Tella Town, Gassol Local Government Area, armed himself with pistol scorpion, loaded with seven rounds of live ammunition and went to the house of one Usman Yaki ‘M’ of Gunduma Village and attempted to kill him.
He said the suspect fired one round of live ammunition which alerted the Police who quickly swung into action in collaboration with the Vigillantee.
The Commissioner said, the quick response of the operatives yielded positive result as the suspect was subdued and arrested.
“And in the course of investigation, the suspect confessed that he is a member of Boko Haram, armed robber and kidnapping syndicate that terrorized Niger State, Kogi State and Taraba State”. He added.
CP Sokoya revealed that during a search in the premises of the suspect at Tella town, the following items, suspected to be components for the manufacturing of bombs, buried in the ground within the house were recovered.
199 pieces of 7. 6mm live ammunition, 558 assault live ammunition, one pistol breech No. CZ, 999 scorpion with 6 rounds of live ammunition, twenty plastic bottles of sodium azide acid, 8 plastic bottles of kermi acid, 27 plastic bottles of locally made bomb, 3 face mask, 3 pull over jackets, a bunch of cable wire, 3 lighters, 2 empty magazine of AK 47 rifle and assault rifle.
The Commissioner who said concerted efforts are ongoing to arrest the suspect’s two accomplices, assured the people of Taraba State that the State Police Command under his leadership would continue to employ both Kinetic and non-kinetic approaches to tackle criminality in the state and urged members of the public to cooperate with the Police and other Security Agencies in the fight against crime in the state.
Meanwhile, the suspect who confessed to have committed the alleged crime, has been detained in the Police Custody for further investigations.
Recall that Taraba State in the recent time has recorded series of bomb blast in different locations.