The Nigerian Army says it has arrested “a group of hoodlums causing mayhem, extorting money and threatening the lives of innocent citizens” in Sokoto.
Maj. Clement Abiade, the Acting Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, told newsmen on Saturday in Sokoto that the seven suspects were apprehended at the Kalambaina and Federal Government College junction in Sokoto on Wednesday.
Abiade said that the suspects, who were in two vehicles were intercepted and found to be in possession of dangerous weapons.
He added that the suspects were allegedly seen throwing stones indiscriminately while chanting political slogans.
According to him, they obstructed the free flow of vehicular traffic and attempted to cause a breakdown of law and order.
He said that although soldiers arrested some of the suspects, many others fled the scene of the incident
The spokesman gave the names of the suspects as Auwalu Shehu, Muritala Garba, Jamilu Bello, Abubakar Aliyu, Musa Abubakar, Zayyanu Aliyu, and Bashir Sarkinfawa.
“A group of miscreants and thugs along Kalambaina area blocked roads throwing stones and harassing passerby.
“The troops on routine patrol for the safety and serenity of the metropolitan ran into a groups of hoodlums causing mayhem, extorting and threatening the lives of innocent citizens,”