The Borno State Police Command has paraded fourty five criminals arrested in different parts of the state for various offences.
One of those arrested was one Goni Mallum, a boko haram logistics supplier who confessed to running errands for the insurgents citing hunger and poverty as justification for his actions.
Mallum said the insurgents captured him in his farm but decided to spare his life if he accepts to be running errands for them for a fee, an offer he couldn’t resist.
Farmers in Borno State, most of them now IDPs have been facing threats from insurgents with many killed in their farms during attack.
“I bought some materials for grinding machine and took it to the children following Boko Haram, if I bury it the children will come and get it. And later bury the money; then when I went there for a second time, to Gamboru market to buy drugs they came and arrested me. They only wrote a list of all they wanted and gave me I don’t know the items on the list I just went and showed them in the store i didn’t know it was risky.” Mallum told journalists during an interview.
“The shop owner went and reported me to the Civilian JTF and the market union then they came and arrested me. I knew it was wrong but hunger forced me to do it, I used to sell grains in Muna Garage but I lost my capital and I have been jobless.” He explained.
The PPRO of the Borno command DSP Edet Okon said he was arrested on a tip off and would be charged to court as having committed “Acts of Terrorism” for aiding and abetting crime.
“The suspect confessed that he was saddled with the responsibility of supplying essentials and other logistics to the sect.” The PPRO said.
Other crimes includes armed robbery, animal rustling,fraud and extortion, criminal breach of trust, kidnapping and theft.
All suspects would have their day in court, according to Edet.