…Rounds were being supplied to bandits.
…Courier in custody for investigation.
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
In another significant breakthrough, troops of Operation Forest Sanity have intercepted a large quantity of ammunition being conveyed to bandits by a courier around Polewire, in Birnin Gwari LGA of Kaduna State.
According to a report forwarded to the Kaduna State Government, the troops followed-up on credible intelligence around gun-running activities and, in the course of diligent checks, stopped a suspicious-looking vehicle within the location of interest.
A search of the intercepted vehicle, conducted on a black Toyota Corolla, uncovered more than 2,000 rounds of various grades of ammunition, concealed in different parts of the car.
According to statement issued on Thursday by Kaduna State Commissioner for Internet Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, “After a thorough search of the vehicle, ammunition of precise quantities were recovered:
“They include 1,079 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, 886 rounds of 7.62mm belted ammunition, 139 rounds of 7.62mm tracer ammunition, as well as five empty AK-47 magazines were also recovered.”
The statement added that “The driver of the Courier vehicle, one Aminu Abdullahi, is in custody for further investigation.
“Governor Nasir El-Rufai noted the report with satisfaction, and thanked the troops for their proactiveness in denying bandits a major supply of ammunition meant to mete out more destruction and suffering.
“The governor warmly appreciated the leadership of the General Officer Commanding, One Division, Major-General T.A. Lagbaja, for the latest notable breakthrough recorded.
“Governor El-Rufai charged the security forces to proceed with a thorough investigation of the arrested suspect, and intensify efforts towards dismantling gunrunning networks across the State and beyond,” it stated.