…Culprits identified as, Lawal Abdul, Musa Ibrahim, Sanusi Ummaru.
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Kaduna State Police Command says it has arrested three suspected bandits with firearms and ammunition in quantities.
The suspects, who include Lawal Abdul, Musa Ibrahim, and Sanusi Ummaru, were arrested at different locations and time within the shore of Kaduna State by the police, based on tip-off.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Police Command’s spokesman, DSP Muhammed Jalige, in Kaduna, and made available to newsmen yesterday.
“In its continuous and consistent commitment to curb violent crimes within Kaduna State, the Police Command had on the 2nd October, 2022, at about 1330hrs, while acting on an actionable intelligence around Sabon Gaya along Kaduna-Abuja Road, intercepted a Sharon vehicle with Reg. No. MNA 819 NT, driven by one Lawal Abdul ‘M’ of Minna, Niger State, heading to Katsina State through Kaduna.
“Upon a thorough search of the said vehicle, the following were recovered; (1) 1 no. Assault Rifle, (2) Eighteen (18) Rifle magazines, (3) Two Hundred and Forty-One (241) rounds of live ammunition.
“The suspect and all exhibits have been taken into custody, while the Commissioner of Police, CP Y.A. Ayoku, has directed for an intensive investigation with the view to arresting and prosecuting the suppliers and the users of these incriminating items. The suspect had already made useful statement that further strengthens the investigation process,” it stated.
The statement further stressed that, “In a related development, Operatives of the Command, equally acting on a cogent intelligence, had on the 5th October, 2022, intercepted a gunrunner – one Musa Ibrahim ‘M’ of Yan Siminti Village of Niger State, who was en-route to Katsina State from Plateau with Two Hundred and Eighty (280) rounds of 7.62 X 39mm caliber of live ammunition.
“The suspect is equally helping the course of the investigation towards actualizing the arrest of his criminal accomplices, in order for them to face the full wrath of the law,” it stated.
According to the police release, “Building on these strings of breakthroughs, operatives of the Command had on Saturday, 8th October, 2022, apprehended a serial arms and ammunition supplier – one Sanusi Ummaru ‘m’ 29 years, of Nasa Village of Kachia LGA, with large number of 7.62mm caliber of live ammunition around Galadimawa Village in Giwa LGA.
“The operatives intercepted the suspect at about 1145hrs on his way to deliver the dangerous items to his cohorts, and upon interrogation, the suspect confessed to have been on the nefarious business for a very long time. He is currently assisting the police with useful information about the source and destination of the said items,” police stated.
The CP noted that, the successes wouldn’t have been possible without the required information from the public as well as the timely follow-up course of action by the Police.
He further reiterated the need for strengthening this effective collaboration to turn the tide against their collective enemies and reclaim the public space from them.