Animal hustling: Police arrest 10 suspects

The Police in Borno on Friday said 10 suspected criminals who specialized in stealing domestic animals in Maiduguri had been arrested.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Damian Chukwu, who made this known in Maiduguri, told newsmen that the command also recovered 63 domestic animals from the suspects.

Chukwu said that the suspected, suspected to have been responsible for loss of sheep and goats in the city, while terrorizing resident, were apprehended on Sept. 3. on a tip-off.

He said that the recovered animals comprised 61 sheep and two goats and were valued at N 5.7 million, adding that the suspects confessed to stealing the animals.

He said that the police also arrested a suspect over allegation of criminal trespass, and explained that the man was believed to be going into homes of people and stealing various items.

“The suspect confessed to the crime and one Samsung TV set, one laptop computer and nine assorted wrappers all valued at N200, 000 were recovered from them.

“Efforts are being intensified to recover the remaining stolen items sold to some persons currently on the run,’’ Chukwu said.

He added that two suspected armed robbers, who disposed a man of his tricycle after stabbing him, had been also arrested.

“The tricycle and the blood stained knife used for the attack had been recovered,” he said.

Chukwu said that all the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigation was concluded.