Men from the Zamfara State Police Command have captured an ex-soldier who provides weapons to terrorists in the states of Kaduna, Katsina, Niger, and Kebbi.
Sa’idu Lawal, a native of Zamfara State and the suspect, willingly left the Nigerian Army in 2021, but he has since been providing weapons to bandits in the North West.
On his way to deliver guns to Dogo Hamza, a renowned bandit leader terrorizing towns in Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara State, the retired army corporal was detained by security personnel on the Kaduna-Abuja highway.
Mohammed Shehu, a spokeswoman for the command, told reporters on Wednesday, August 31, in Gusau, the capital of Zamfara State, that the suspect was apprehended after the Police Tactical Squad and escort team attached to the commissioner of police in Zamfara State got useful intelligence.
“One behalf of the Commissioner of Police Zamafra State Police Command, CP Kolo Yusuf psc, I welcome you to our Press Conference here in the police command headquarters Gusau, where we will parade a notorious kidnapper who specialises in armed robbery, kidnapping, gun running and other heinous crimes,” the PPRO stated.
“On 27th August 2022 at about 1730hrs, the 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 ex-service personnel of the Nigeria Army attached to 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. A search was conducted on the spot and the above-mentioned exhibits were recovered in his possession
“In the course 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 LGA of Zamfara State
“The suspect further confessed that he had previously supplied the same consignment to his other customers in Kaduna, Katsina, Niger, and Kebbi states respectively,”
According to the 41-year-old suspect, who claimed to have collected N300,000 from his accomplice, he got paid N200,000 every trip.
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He was found to be in possession of two AK-47 rifles, eight magazines, 501 rounds of live ammo, and a Pontiac car.
The police reported that a covert investigation is ongoing with the goal of apprehending his collaborators.
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