By Augustine Ehikioya
Moving against crimes, Police personnel in Zamfara State have arrested a suspect for kidnapping armed robbery, illegal possession of prohibited firearms and gun running.
Two AK-47 and ammunition and empty magazines, were recovered from the suspect called, Ex-Cpl Sa’idu Lawal.
Addressing press conference in Gusau, the Zamfara State capital as monitored by Security Watch Africa (SWA) on Wednesday, the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Mohammed Shehu, listed the items recovered from the 41 years old suspect to include “1 AK-47 Rifle Breech No. Q971987; 1 AK-49 Rifle Breech No. 34-7094. 200 units of 7.6mm Rounds of Live Ammunition; 501 units if 7.62X51mm Rounds of GPMG Live Ammunition and 8 Empty Magazines.”
At the briefing, he said, the notorious kidnapper “specializes in Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, Gun Running and other heinous crimes that have for long been disturbing the peace and security of Zamfara State and neighbouring Katsina, Kaduna, Niger, Kebbi and Sokoto States.”
He added “On 27th August, 2022 at about 1730hrs, Police Tactical/Escort Team attached to the Commissioner of Police, Zamfara State Police Command, CP Kolo Yusuf acted on actionable intelligence that led to the arrest of the above named suspect who was an Ex-service personnel of the Nigerian Army attached to the 73 Battalion, Janguza Army Barracks, Kano.
“The suspect was intercepted with a Pontiac Vibe vehicle with registration number KRD 686 CY Lagos, along Abuja – Kaduna enroute Zamfara State. Search was conducted on the spot and the above mentioned exhibits were recovered in his possession.
“In the course of interrogation, the suspect confessed that he was to convey the said exhibits from Loko LGA of Nasarawa State to his customer one Dogo Hamza ‘M’ of Bacha village in Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
“The suspect further confessed that he had previously supplied same consignment to his other customers in Kaduna, Katsina, Niger and Kebbi States, respectively.”
According to him, discreet investigation is in progress with a view to arresting his partners of the dastardly crime.