Police arrest 9-man ritual gang in Borno
Borno police have arrested a nine-man gang known as “Karangiya”, who specialize in the dismemberment of their victims’ body parts.
Abdu Umar, the Commissioner of Police in the State, told reporters on Friday, January 20 that the suspects had been arrested by command men on December 16, 2022.
Their last operation was a procedure that saw a victim’s eyes removed from the area around the Post Office.
“There was another case where a woman was killed and thrown into the river and her body parts were removed.
“On the Dec. 16, 2022, at about 1945hrs, one Mohammed Bukar, 18 year-old, from Shuwari area in Maiduguri, went and reported at Jere Division that he was on his way to collect his GSM phone from charging together with his friend.
“He said that they sighted a group of youths who called themselves members of ‘KARANGIYA GROUP’, armed with sticks and cutlasses coming towards their direction.
“On reaching them, the members of the group started beating Mr Bukar while his friend took to his heals and ran for his life.
“It was in the process that one of the armed members, Ali Bukar, used a long knife and attempted to cut the head of the victim, but the victim used his left hand to shield his head.
“Again, the suspects lifted the cutlass and cut off the hand of the victim and ran away, leaving him in a pool of blood.”
According to the Commissioner, the police quickly stormed the scene and detained Ali Bukar, the principal suspect, and eight other people for further investigation and prosecution.
After the investigation is complete, the suspects will be brought before a court.