A Vulture, linked to Boko Haram, has been found to have cost the Nigeria Police Force about N30,000 as part of its feeding expenses after the bird was arrested alongside its owner in Maiha, Adamawa State.
The Police Public Relations Officer of the command, DSP Othman Abubakar, said the command might incur more cost as it continues to detain the bird.
The Commissioner of Police, Adamu Audu Madaki, on Monday, confirmed the arrest of the vulture and its owner after a member of Maiha local government reported that a woman was in custody of a certain vulture.
The complainant lamented that the last time three vultures mysteriously appeared in the community, their ominous presence heralded a vicious Boko Haram attack on the community.
Maiha community insisted on the eviction of the vulture and the woman from their area, hence arrest of the vulture and its owner. Both have been transferred to Yola for investigation.
“We want to ascertain what the vulture is meant for,” said Madaki.
Since the news of arrest of the woman and her vulture filtered members of public became curious with many peddling rumours that the vulture was a woman who turned to a bird in detention.
Meanwhile, some commercial motorcyclists, angered by police officers’ extortion and brutality against civilians, attacked Zuba police post in Niger state, setting it ablaze. The irate motorcyclists also burnt patrol vehicles.
The motorcyclists were reported to have launched the attack after a team of police personnel brutalized a motorcyclist who was unwilling to part with cash to bribe the officers.
The incident, which happened between 8am and 10am on Thursday, crippled commercial and business activities in the area. Normalcy was restored to the area when police reinforcements team arrived and brought the situation under control.
One of the motorcyclists who spoke to the Punch newspaper lamented the daily extortion by the Police.
He said, “The policemen have been disturbing the peace of okada riders on this road for long. They also collect money from us and the taxi drivers.
“We are their Automated Teller Machines. This cannot continue. They may kill some of us but this will not continue.”
Confirming the attack on the Police post, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, FCT Police Public Relations Officer, said the Police would conduct an investigation to arrest those involved in the attack.
Manzah said, “The miscreants attacked police personnel on their legitimate duties and set observation posts belonging to the police and the FRSC on fire as a result of which four vehicles parked within the premises were also burnt.
“The command would carry out discreet investigation that will lead to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators of the act.”
Bala Ciroma, FCT Commissioner of Police, visited the scene in company of some senior police officers, visited the scene to assess the situation and ensure normalcy was restored to the area.