A suspect who specialized in providing weapons and ammunition to bandits in Kaduna State has been captured by Operation Forest Sanity troops.
Aminu Abdullahi, the suspect, was detained as he was delivering a sizable amount of ammo to bandits in the Birnin Gwari local government area in Kaduna State’s Polewire area.
Samuel Aruwan, the state’s commissioner for internal security and home affairs, said in a statement that the troops stopped a suspicious-looking vehicle in the area of interest after acting on reliable information about gunrunning activities in the area.
During a search of the intercepted black Toyota Corolla car, more than 2,000 rounds of various grades of ammunition, concealed in different parts of the car were recovered by the troops.
Aruwan further explained that after a thorough search of the vehicle, 1,079 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, 886 rounds of 7.62mm belted ammunition, 139 rounds of 7.62mm tracer ammunition and Five empty AK-47 magazines were also recovered.
According to the commissioner, the suspect is in the custody for further investigation.
Meanwhile, Governor Nasir El-Rufai has expressed satisfaction with the discovery of large cache of ammunition and commended thetroops for their proactiveness in denying bandits a major supply of ammunition meant to mete out more destruction and suffering.
The governor who appreciated the leadership of the General Officer Commanding, One Division, Major General Taoreed Lagbaja for the latest breakthrough, also charged security forces to proceed with a thorough investigation of the arrested suspect, and intensify efforts towards dismantling gunrunning networks across Kaduna State and beyond.