Troops deployed for Operation WHIRL PUNCH have arrested three suspected gun running syndicates in Niger State.
The arrested suspects were; Aminu Umar 32, Shehu Samaila 25 and Bilyaminu Abdullahi 22. They were apprehended during a Stop and Search operation at Rijau local government area of the state.
This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen by Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Muhammad Dole and obtained by THELENZ.
Col. Dole said items recovered from the suspects are 44 fabricated locally made single barrel rifles, 351 cartridges and a Toyota Corolla with the Registration Number ZUR 28DX Kebbi that was used to conveyed the weapons.
He stated that 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, adding that the latest 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 spokesman went further that interrogation is ongoing while soliciting for support from motorists and people of the states that falls within the operation to continue to share credible information with the Nigerian Army and other security agencies in order to raid the states out of criminal elements.
He, there, affirmed the readiness of troops of 1 Division conducting Operation WHIRL PUNCH in combating all forms of criminality in the area of Operation.
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