Niger’s police command said it recovered 567 ammunition from three suspected arms smugglers arrested in the state.
The command said two of the suspects, Muhammadu Bello, 32, and Nura Umar, 30, were arrested by the Safer Highway Police Patrol Team during a routine patrol along the Makera- road. Mokwa.
“The two suspects refused to stop for the routine check, forcing the police team to pursue them to the village of Sabon Makera where they abandoned their vehicles and continued to run, but were arrested with the help from the community.
“During the search of the vehicle, the police found two AK-47 rifles, two AK-49 rifles, 16 magazines, 417 live bullets of 7.63 caliber and 150 RPG bullets.
“The third suspect, Habib Sani, 25, was arrested in the village of Swashi while attempting to transport 14 locally made rifles from the village of Kanti to the local government area of Mashegu in Guffanti in the new LGA of Bussa , all in the state of Niger, ”Police Commissioner Kuryas said Monday during the parade of the suspects.
Kuryas added that the 14 locally manufactured guns included six double barreled guns and eight triple barreled guns, concealed in a bag.
“The first two suspects confessed to the crime, claiming that they carried Sokoto’s guns to someone named Yellow in Mokwa.
Sani confessed that the guns were given to him by a local manufacturer called Bilya to deliver them to a village in Bulus de Guffanti, adding that he was offered a commission of N1,000 on each gun if he delivered them with them. success, ”Kuryas said.
The police commissioner added that efforts are continuing to apprehend Bilya and Bulus who are currently on the run.
He revealed, however, that the cases were being investigated and that the suspects would be brought to justice for prosecution as soon as the investigation was completed.