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Police arrest bandit, gunrunners in Kaduna

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Kaduna Police Command says  it has arrested a suspected bandit and two gunrunners in the state.

Police public relations officer of the command, DSP Mohammed Jalige, in a statement on Sunday, in Katsina, said that the suspected bandit was arrested on October 2, at Sabon Gayan along Kaduna-Abuja highway, while the gunrunners were arrested on October 5 and 8, respectively.

According to the statement, “the police command had on October 2, at about 1330hrs, while acting on an actionable intelligence around Sabon Gayan along Kaduna-Abuja road , intercepted a Sharon vehicle with Reg. No. MNA 819 NT driven by the suspect, who was from Minna, heading to Katsina State through Kaduna.

“Upon a thorough search of the said vehicle, the following were recovered: one assault rifle,18 rifle magazines and 241 rounds of live ammunition,” Jalige said.

He also disclosed that the command had arrested a gunrunner on October 5, and recovered ammunition from him.

“The operatives while acting on cogent intelligence had on October 5, intercepted a gunrunner of Yan Siminti village of Niger State.

“The suspect, who hails from Plateau, was on his way to Katsina State to deliver 280 rounds of 7.62 X 39mm caliber live ammunition,” he said.

Jalige added that operatives of the command on October 8, apprehended a serial arms and ammunition supplier.

He said that the man, who hails from Nasa Village in Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State, had a number of 7.62mm caliber of live ammunition when he was arrested around Galadimawa Village in Giwa LGA.

The spokesman said the operatives intercepted the suspect at about 1145hrs on his way to deliver the weapons to his cohorts.

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“Upon interrogation, the suspect confessed to have been on the nefarious business for a very long time,” Jalige said.

The Commissioner of Police,  Yekini Ayoku, directed  intensive investigation be carried out in order to arrest and prosecute all those involved.

He said that the successes being recorded wouldn’t have been possible without the required information from the public, as well as the timely follow-up and action by the police.

Ayoku stressed the need to strengthen  collaboration between the police and members of the public to turn the tide against those into criminal activities.

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