Mamelodi: Boko Haram gang member ARRESTED, due in court

Mamelodi: Boko Haram gang member ARRESTED, due in court

The net is closing in on more members of the infamous Boko Haram gang in Mamelodi, Tshwane: The South African Police Service (SAPS) in Gauteng says it has arrested one person from the gang.

The 38-year-old suspect will only be named once he appears before the Mamelodi Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, 28 April 2022.

The SAPS in Gauteng says the suspect’s arrest is thanks to a multi-disciplinary team that conducted an intelligence driven operation just recently.

“On 26 April 2022, the team, comprising of members from Provincial Crime Intelligence, Tshwane District Taxi Violence Crime Intelligence Gathering and Detectives as well as Tshwane Metropolitan Police Department Drug Team, operationalised intelligence information that has been gathered on the movements of the targeted suspect and went to Denneboom Station in Mamelodi where they found and placed the suspect under arrest”

Boko Haram, no association with the militant group, has been terrorising communities in Mamelodi for years and has long been on the police’s radar. Their members are some of the ‘most wanted’ in Pretoria. According to police, the suspect is from neighbouring Silverton and has been linked to several other crimes, including three business robbery cases registered in Mamelodi in January 2020 and two in November of 2021.

Gauteng’s Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Elias Mawela has commended SAPS members for managing to apprehend the suspect. Mawela reckons the latest arrest will help them in solving a series of other crimes committed in Mamelodi, including those linked to Boko Haram.

“I commend the team that worked together to ensure that those who terrorise the community are hunted down and brought to book. This arrest will help us to close gang related cases that were committed in Mamelodi in the past years,”

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