A suspected gunrunner who specializes in supplying arms and ammunition to bandits terrorizing kaduna state have been arrested by security operatives.
The arrest was confirmed in a statement released by the spokespersson of the command, ASP Mohammed Jalige.
He said the suspect identified as Rilwanu Abdullahi was arrested by operatives attached to the Zaria command, acting on a tip-off.
According to him, a AK 47 rifle and 600 rounds of 7.62 X 39mm live concealed inside the fuel tank of Volkswagen with number plate AX 973 LGA as well as two vehicles used in conveying weapons to bandits were recovered from the suspects.
He said in a statement:
“On May 17, 2022, the operatives of the Kaduna Police Command attached to Zaria Area Command, acted on credible intelligence and succeeded in arresting one Rilwanu Abdullahi ‘M’ of Damari village, Birnin Gwari Local Government Area, Kaduna State, with an AK47 rifle with six hundred (600) rounds of 7.62 X 39mm live ammunition.”
“The aforementioned suspect was seen in a suspicious manner around Madachi area of Zaria city and on sighting the operatives, the suspect attempted to escape but was chased and apprehended. A search carried out on the Volkswagen vehicle with Reg. no KNC 816 XC led to the recovery of the said rifle
“Upon further interrogation, the suspect led detectives to another location where an additional Volkswagen car with Reg.No AX 973 LGA was recovered with the said number of live ammunitions carefully concealed inside the fuel tank aimed at evading the eagle eyes of security operatives.”