On Tuesday The Nigerian Army disclosed that some bandits heading to Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, were intercepted along Mokwa-Jebba road. on their way from Zuru in Kebbi.
It disclosed that the bandits were intercepted during a stop-and-search operation.
Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, Spokesman of the Army, stated this in a statement in Abuja, NAN reports.
Nwachukwu said the bandits were intercepted with a pair of military camouflage, military boots, a knife and substance suspected to be charms.
He said on further interrogation, the suspect disclosed that he was travelling to Ogbomosho and further claimed that the uniform and boots belonged to his brother, who was a soldier.
According to the army, the suspect was fleeing from the ongoing military operations in Niger to a safe haven.
“The heat on bandits and other criminal elements in Niger has caused them to start fleeing to supposed safe havens. Members of the public, particularly around Niger and contiguous states are, therefore, enjoined to be vigilant and report any suspected movement of fleeing bandits to security agencies.
“He further enjoined them to be wary of such sinister movements by fleeing bandits and continue to support the security agencies with useful information to enable them to maintain peace and security of the country,” the statement said.