Still in service soldier man, says he got the rifle for the robbery from Boko Haram.
One of the soldiers fighting Boko Haram sects in the northern part of the country has been arrested for attempting to rob a filling station in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The robbery operation plan was ruined by the Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team, led by a Chief Superintendent of Police, Abba Kyari.
He said he has served at the 58 and 509 Signal Regiments before moving to 143 Battalion in 2014.
The suspect, who said he joined the Nigerian Army in 2005, added:
“After our training at Katangura, Niger State, we were deployed to Adamawa State to fight Boko Haram insurgents.
“After engaging the insurgents, we normally retrieve all weapons abandoned by the insurgents.
“That was how I found a pump action rifle abandoned by the insurgents.
“I buried it in the bush.
“In August 2015, I took a three-month sick leave because I sustained an injury from a bomb.
“I took the rifle and one of my Ak47 magazines.
“I was entitled to 10 magazines.
“I took the weapons to my village in Kafanchan, Kaduna State, where I treated myself.
“In December, I came to One-man-Village, Nassarawa State, near Abuja to spend some time with my sisters.
“I told one of my brothers, Martin Simon, who lives in that area that I had such weapons in my possession.
“After some days, my brother called me and said that he had given my number to someone.
“He said the person would like to speak with me.
“The person called me.
“I was told that there was a N20 million job in a filling station in Abuja.
“I told them that my arms were in my village.
“We brought the arms and were planning how to strike when policemen showed up from nowhere and arrested us.”
Somolon, who was arrested alongside two others in One-Man-Village in Nassarawa State, close to Abuja, was in possession of an automatic pump action and 30 rounds of 9mm live ammunition loaded and Ak47 magazine.
It was gathered that the gang’s waterloo began after Kyari acted on an intelligence report.
Disclosing why he went into robbery, Solomon said: “The money involved was hard to resist.
“The money would have changed my life if we had succeeded.
“I would have quit the Army and gone to live a quiet life.”
Solomon said he is attached to the Nigeria Army Signal Command and was now worried that he had overstayed his three months leave.