A Soldier fighting Boko Haram Insurgency arrested for robbery in Adamawa State
The news of the arrest of one serving soldier, Private Dampa Hyellambamun, for alleged robbery was confirmed by the Adamawa State Police Command on Tuesday.
Prior to his arrest, the soldier was reportedly stationed in Monguno, Brono state, where he was actively involved in the war against insurgency.
He was said to be on Military Pass (permission to be absent for a short time) from his base but was apprehended with his military-issued-AK-47 rifle in Yola, Adamawa state for carjacking .
The suspect confessed and claimed that he took to robbery in order not to starve to death.
He claimed that the military have neglected him, and that he was yet to be paid salary and allowances by the Nigerian army.
“I was given a gun without salary and allowances. What do you want me to do when i’m on the verge of starvation?” he asked.
Private Hyellambamun was apprehended alongside an accomplice, who is yet to be identified.
Attesting to the arrest, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DPS Sulaiman Nguroje, said, “The suspects accosted a lady along Target junction. They pointed a gun at her and ask her to surrender her car, a Toyota Camry, which she obliged.
“Luckily enough, the matter was reported to the nearby policemen on duty on Target junction, who swung into action in collaboration with vigilante members, and arrested the soldier.
“We were able to recover the snatched car, an AK-47 rifle and 35 rounds of ammunition from Hyellambamun”
He said the incident occurred at around 1am on Tuesday.
It was learnt that Hyellambamun, an indigene of Hong in Adamawa state, received a pass to visit Yola before the incident.
He also confessed that the pass had expired since august 10, 2019.
As for the rifle he was found with, it is still not clear whether he got permission from his commanding officer to travel with the rifle.