According to a report by SaharaReporters, the Military High Command has disclosed the reason why it arrested the head of vigilantes in the Rigasa area of Kaduna State.
The military said the vigilante, Aminu Sani, popularly known as Bolo, was arrested because he was allegedly aiding bandits.
Brig.-Gen. Benard Onyeuko, the Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, told journalists on Thursday that troops of the Nigerian Army attached to the Operation Thunder Strike and Whirl Punch arrested Bolo for allegedly having ties to bandits.
Onyeuko said a bandit arrested on December 3, 2021, at Paka community in Igabi Local Government Area of the state told the military that Bolo was aiding banditry.
He said, "The general security situation in the Operation Thunder Strike/Whirl Punch theatres were relatively calm within the period in focus. However, a few incidents of security concern were recorded.
”In the course of the operations within the period, troops intercepted and arrested criminal elements as well as recovered arms and ammunitions.
”Notably, on 3 December 2021, troops arrested a notorious armed bandit at Paka community in Igabi LGA of Kaduna State, who revealed that the Head of vigilantes in Rigasa aids armed banditry and is involved in some attacks and kidnap incidents in the environment.
”Other incidents with significant results were recorded at; Hayin Gada and Rugan Alhaji Ori villages in Igabi LGA of Kaduna State."