Niger State Police arrested three suspected arms smugglers and recovered four 567 rifles of ammunition from the suspects.
State Police Commissioner Bala Kuryas on Monday said in Minna this weekend
He said: “Two of the gunners, Muhammadu Bello and 30-year-old Nura Umar, were arrested by the Safer Highway Police Patrol Team who were on a routine patrol along the Makera-Mokwa road.”
According to the commissioner, the 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 on their heels but were arrested with help from the community.
He said: âDuring the search of the vehicle, the police found two AK-47 rifles, two AK-49 rifles, 16 magazines, 417 7.63 caliber live ammunition and 150 RPG rounds.
The commissioner explained that the third suspect, 25-year-old Habib Sani, was arrested in Swashi village as he attempted to transport 14 locally made rifles from Kanti village to the Mashegu local government area in Guffanti in the New Bussa Local Government Area, all located in Niger State.
He said the 14 locally made weapons, including six double barreled and eight triple barreled, were hidden in a bag.
He said Sani confessed that the weapons were given to him by a local manufacturer called Bilya to deliver them to a village in Bulus de Guffanti, adding that he received a commission of N 1,000 on each weapon if he delivered them. with success.
Kuryas said efforts are underway to apprehend Bilya and Bulus who are currently at large, adding that the cases are being investigated and the suspects will be brought to justice for prosecution as soon as the investigation is completed.