Troops of 1 Division Nigerian Army Kaduna, deployed for Operation WHIRL PUNCH have nabbed three notorious gun runners in Rijau axis of Niger State and retrieved 44 rifles.
Col. Muhammad Dole, The Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 1 Division Nigerian Army, made revealed this in a press statement issued in Kaduna on Wednesday.
Col. Dole identified the three gun runners as Shehu Samaila, Aminu Umar and Bilyaminu Abdullahi, were apprehended on Tuesday during a Stop and Search operation at Rijau.
“The troops recovered 44 fabricated locally made single barrel rifles and 351 cartridges being conveyed in a Toyota Corolla registered ZUR 28 DX Kebbi.”
According to him, initial investigation disclosed that the gun runners were en route to Bena in Danko/Wasagu Local Government Area of Kebbi, which borders Zamfara.
“The 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,” he added.
He stated further that interrogation of the suspects is ongoing, and implored motorists to share reliable information with the Army and other security agencies.
“It is important to add that troops of 1 Division conducting Operation WHIRL PUNCH will remain resolutely committed to combating all forms of criminality in our Area of Operation,” Dole said.