Police Arrest Immigration Officer For Attacking Place Of Worship In Taraba

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The Taraba State Police Command on Sunday confirmed the arrest of an armed immigration personnel by a local vigilance group.

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The spokesman of the police command, David Misal, said that the suspect, Mahmood Idris, broke into a place of worship and destroyed some properties.

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Mr. Misal explained that Mr. Idris, who sustained injuries during the incident, was receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre, Jalingo.

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According to him, police preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect signed and collected the rifle on Saturday while on duty, only for him to engage in the dastardly act.

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Mr. Misal added that Idris was suffering from mental illness, “but that is subject to medical examination”.

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He appealed to members of the public to disregard the rumour making the rounds that a cleric was hurt in the attack, stressing that nobody was injured except the attacker.

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The Director of Security of the place of worship, Ahmed Mohammed, had earlier told journalists in Jalingo that the suspect was nabbed at 2 a.m. on Sunday after two members of his syndicate had fled.

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He said the fearless guard on duty with the help of some local vigilance group members overpowered the attacker before he could utilise the AK47 rifle in his possession.

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Mr. Mohammed said the man was later handed over to the police for interrogation.

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