1 Div Troops Arrest 3 Gunrunners, Recover 44 Rifles, Other Weapons

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File photo: GOC 1 Div Nigerian Army, Major General Mohammed Mohammed fielding questions from newsmen.

By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna

Troops of 1 Division Nigerian Army deployed for Operation Whirl Punch have arrested three notorious gun runners.

The suspects arrested are Aminu Umar, 32, Shehu Samaila, 25 and Bilyaminu Abdullahi, 22 in Niger State.

A statement issued by the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 1 Division, Nigerian Army, Col. Muhammad Dole said the suspects were arrested on Tuesday during a Stop and Search Operation at Rijau in Niger state.

The statement explained that the suspects were arrested while they were heading to Bena in Danko/Wasagu Local Government Area of Kebbi State which shares boundary with Zamfara State.

He noted that the troops recovered 44 fabricated locally made single barrel rifles and 351 cartridges being conveyed in a Toyota Corolla with Registration Number ZUR 28DX Kebbi from the suspects.

It said, “Preliminary investigation revealed that the gun runners were heading to Bena in Danko/Wasagu Local Government Area of Kebbi State which shares boundary with Zamfara State.

“This arrest is similar to that of Mr. Rabi’u Akilu who was found in possession of 36 rifles and 343 rounds of ammunition neatly concealed in another Toyota Corolla heading to Zamfara State in November 2018.”

The Army assured that further interrogation was ongoing and called on motorists to continue to share credible information with the Nigerian Army and other security agencies.

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