PHOTO CREDIT: AFP
1 July, 2013
The “Civilian JTF” yesterday apprehended two women attempting to smuggle assault weapons into the Monday market in Maiduguri.Eyewitnesses told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the women,who concealed the weapons in their dresses,were arrested at the Bulabulin entrance gate of the market.
One of the witnesses, Malam Modu Bulama, a trader, said that they were in
the market when they heard noise from
the gate. “We rushed to the scene but on getting there, we saw two women in veil with assault weapons,’’ he said.Bulama said each of the women concealed an AK 47 rifle, a pistol and
some items believed to be Improvised
Explosive Devise (IED) in their veil.
A member of the group, Malam Usman
Ibrahim, corroborated Bulama’s claim,
adding: “we were on a routine checking
at the gate when these women came
with heavy veil. “At first we did not bother to look at them, but we realised that one of them was shivering, we said something must be wrong,’’ Ibrahim said.
He said that when they were searched, “we found that each of them concealed an AK 47 rifle, a pistol and IED in their veil. “We were surprised at the discovery, so we took them to officials of the Joint Task Force (JTF) – Operation Restore Order (ORO) for investigations,’’ Ibrahim said.
JTF spokesman, Lt.-Col. Sagir Musa, could
not be contacted for comment, but a
senior military officer, who spoke on
condition of anonymity, confirmed the
story. The official said the JTF was already investigating the case.