14 goats loaded in a vehicle were on Monday intercepted and detained by the Nigerian Police Force in Ede, the headquarters of Ede South Local Government Area of Osun State.
The state police public relations officer, Mrs. Folasade Odoro, who confirmed the arrest to THISDAY, said the goats were arrested and detained at 1 am yesterday while the driver of the vehicle evaded arrest.
Mrs. Odoro stressed that the goats would remain in police custody until the owner(s) showed up, adding that investigation had begun into the driver who evaded arrest.
A police source said that a team of policemen patrolling the Sekona/Nigerian Army Regiment construction company highway had tried to intercept a speeding red-coloured Mitsubishi car conveying the goats to interrogate the driver but the driver had refused to stop.
The police team, led by one Inspector Ajayi Sunday, chased the driver from Sekona junction to Cemetry Area in Edun-Abon where the driver abandoned the vehicle and escaped before the police could catch up with him.
The police team then drove the vehicle with the goats to the station where the animals remain in their custody.
The 22-year old suspect, identified as Muktar Umar, was paraded on Monday by the Ogun State Police Command after his arrest in Kara area of Ifo Local Government Area of the state.
The state commissioner of police, Abdulmajid Ali, said Mr. Umar fled the insurgents’ base, following the “heat being experienced” by them in the hands of the joint military task force.
He said the suspect thereafter sneaked out of Maiduguri to Isheri area of Lagos State as his first contact.