A soldier on special assignment in Monguno local government Borno state to fight Boko Haram was apprehended along side one other for allegedly committing armed robbery and car snatching in Yola.
Confirming the arrest of the duo on Tuesday , police spokesman in the state DSP Sulaiman Nguroje said the incident happened in the early hours of Tuesday around 1:00am near the popular target junction in the heart of the state capital.
“The suspects accosted a lady along target junction. They pointed a gun at her and asked her to surrender the car a Toyota Camry which she obliged.
” Luckily enough, the matter was reported to the nearby policemen on duty along target junction who swung into action immediately in collaboration with vigilante operatives and arrested the suspects.
“We were able to recover the snatched car, an AK47 rifle and 35 rounds of ammunition from the suspect,” Nguroje said.
Fielding questions from newsmen the suspected soldier who identified himself as Dampa Hyellambamun said he was on special operations in Monguno.
“I got a pass to come to Yola from my base in Monguno and the pass had expired since August 10, 2019.
“I was given a gun without salary and allowance. What do you want me to do when I’m on the verge of starvation? We were not being paid for months,” he retorted.