Soldier fighting Boko Haram arrested in Adamawa for armed robbery
A Nigerian soldier posted to Borno State to fight the Boko Haram insurgents, Private Dampa Hyellambamun, has been arrested for armed robbery by the Adamawa State Police Command.
According to Command spokesman, DSP Sulaiman Nguroje, Hyellambamun was arrested with a member of his gang while robbing residents of their valuables on Tuesday, September 10.
Until his arrest, the spokesman said, the soldier was said to be stationed in Monguno, Borno State, where he was actively involved in counter-insurgency operations against Boko Haram terrorists.
He was said to be on military pass (permission to be absent from duty for a short period) from his base but was arrested with his military-issued AK-47 riffle for carjacking in Yola, the state capital.
The suspect confessed to the crime saying he had to rob in order not to starve to death as he had not been paid for several months.
Alleging neglect by the military authorities, he said he had yet to receive his salary and allowances from 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.
Confirming the arrest, DSP Nguroje, said:
“The suspects accosted a lady along Target junction. They pointed a gun at her and asked her to surrender her car, a Toyota Camry, which she obliged.
Luckily enough, the matter was reported to the nearby policemen on duty at 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 the suspect.”
It was gathered that Hyellambamun, an indigene of Hong in Adamawa State, got a pass to visit Yola before the incident. The suspect also confessed that the pass expired since August 10, 2019 but it remains unclear if his commanding officer granted him permission to travel with the riffle.