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A suspected Boko Haram bomb manufacturer, identified as Bala Usman, has been arrested by operatives of Taraba State Police Command at his house, which he also uses as a factory, in Tella town within Gassol Local Government Area of the State.

According to the Police, the suspect is a member of the Boko Haram terrorist group linked to three bomb explosions recorded in the State this year.

The State Commissioner of Police, CP Abimbola Sokoya, who confirmed the arrest on Thursday, said the suspect had attempted to assassinate a resident of Gunduma village but was overwhelmed by the security agencies and subdued.

“On June 9, 2022, at about 9:00 pm, one Bala Usman of Tella Town, Gassol Local Government Area, who armed himself with a pistol scorpion loaded with seven rounds of live ammunition, went to the house of USMAN YAKI ‘M’ of Gunduma village, via Mutum Biyu town and attempted to kill him. The suspect fired one round of live ammunition, and Police were alerted. In collaboration with the vigilante, the suspect was subdued and arrested,” he stated.

The suspect told the Police that he is a member of Boko Haram, an armed robbery and kidnapping syndicate that terrorized Niger State, Kogi State, and Taraba State.

198 Pieces of 7.6MM live ammunition, 558 assault live ammunition, One Pistol with Breech no. CZ 999 SCORPION with six rounds of live ammunition,20 plastic bottles of SODIUM AZIDE ACID, and eight plastic bottles of KERMI ACID were recovered at his residence.

Other items recovered include 27 plastic bottles of locally made bombs, three face masks, three pullover Jackets, a bunch of highly volatile cable wires, 36 lighters, and two empty magazines of AK 47 rifles and assault rifles.

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