Renting Keke-NAPEP to Shilla Boys: Ward head arrested
From Joseph Asegba, Yola
A ward head has allegedly been arrested for renting Keke-NAPEP to Shilla Boys in Wuro- Jabbe ward Kofare in Yola-South Local Government Area of Adamawa State.
Shilla boys are part of notorious youths who are found terrorizing the people around and other parts.
They specialised in snatching of hand sets, money, women bags and other valuables with cutlasses and other weapons across the state.
The suspect was arrested while using the advantage of state lockdown by the state governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri on the coronavirus pandemic in the state.
An investigation by our reporter found out that the suspect was arrested recently when the Shilla boys took the advantage of the ongoing lockdown to terrorise the people of the area and snatch a lady’s GSM phone.
During the investigation, an eye witness account who spoke under anonymity told our correspondent that on the fateful night at about 7:00pm, himself and some friends were standing by the road under a tree that lead to Lakare ‘A,’ a Keke-Napep, despite the lockdown, some boys were running after it and when asked they (boys) replied Shilla boy snatched one girl’s hand set.
As they joined them when they got a spot by the junction of Future Star Academy and LCCN Bethel, the Shilla boys’ keke was trapped by sand as they came out with cutlasses threatening those running after them and saw that the crowd which outnumbered them (Shilla boys) took to their heels.
He said when the Shilla boys ran away, after recovering the handset, cutlasses and other weapons inside the keke, they were set on fire.
According to him, the drama of setting the keke on fire at about 8:00pm attracted residence who came out in their numbers that night to have a glimpse on what happened as the crowd grew to some level.
Other sources who do not want their names in print said that the Shilla boys stole a girl’s set and abandoned their keke and ran as it was set on fire, revealing further that two men came in with threatening authority after which one was recognised as (Mai-unguwa) ward-head.
When asked, he narrated all that took place.
He went round the keke and saw its plate number where he confessed it was his sons’ own.
The ward head said: “I sent my son to buy us some meat at Wuro-Jabbe Junction since at about 3:00pm, I have not seen him. I called his line and it was not going (switched off). We went to where he was supposed to buy the meat, we could not avail him.”
On reaching the junction, he was told that some boys suspected to be Shilla boys snatched the keke and left.
The following day, when our reporter visited the scene, the Keke was no more there.
When asked, nobody was ready to either mention who came to pick the scrap.
Meanwhile, a source very close to Kofare Police Station confirmed that there was something of such nature like one elderly man was brought to the station related to Keke-Napep but not in the thorough picture.