Troops of the Nigerian Army on Operation Thunder Strike, have arrested a suspected gun runner, who allegedly provides weapons to bandits terrorizing Kaduna-Abuja freeway and different elements of Kaduna State.
The Army stated, the suspected gun runner recognized as Alhaji Shehu was nabbed at his Sabongaya residence, in Chikun Local Government space of Kaduna State with six AK 47 rifles.
Another suspect, Kamilu Lawal who was allegedly negotiating with a vigilante operative to mortgage him a rifle for a kidnapping operation has equally been arrested by the troops.
Deputy Director, Army Public Relations 1 Division Nigerian Army, Colonel Ezindu Idimah disclosed these in a press release made out there to newsmen in Kaduna, saying, that, the 2 suspects will likely be handed over to the Police for additional investigation and prosecution.
According to Colonel Idimah, “In continuation of efforts to clear Kaduna – Abuja freeway of undesirable parts, troops of Operation THUNDER STRIKE on Saturday, 19 October 2019 nabbed a infamous gun runner that provides harmful weapons to bandits .
“Acting of on dependable data, troops trailed the suspect, one Alhaji Shehu to his residence at Sabogaya, Chikun Local Government space of Kaduna State the place a search was performed and 6 AK 47 rifles have been recovered.
“Following the invention, Shehu alleged that solely one of many weapons belonged to him whereas the remaining have been saved by his son, brothers and in-laws. Efforts are ongoing to apprehend the opposite suspects.
“In one other improvement, troops additionally arrested one Kamilu Lawal who was negotiating with a vigilante operative to mortgage him his rifle for a kidnapping operation. He promised to reward the operative with the sum of N150,000.00.
“The 2 suspects will likely be handed over to the Police after preliminary interrogation for additional investigation and prosecution.
“Troops will continue to remain absolute in combating all forms criminality along the Abuja-Kaduna highway.” He stated.