Police nab 3 Suspected gun runners with over 500 ammunition in Niger

The Niger State Police Command has arrested three suspected gun runners in Niger State. Two suspects, 32-year-old Muhammadu Bello and 30-year-old Nura Umar, were intercepted by the Police Safer Highway patrol team along the Makera-Mokwa road, and the third suspect, 25-year-old Habib Sani, was arrested at Swashi village.

The State Commissioner of Police, CP Monday Bala Kuryas, paraded the suspects on Saturday.

According to him, Bello and Umar refused to stop for the routine check, so the Police team chased them to Sabon Makera village, where they abandoned their vehicles and fled. They were later arrested with the help of the community members and recovered a total of 567 ammunition.

The Police found two AK-47 rifles, two AK-49 rifles, 16 magazines, 417 live ammunition of 7.63 calibres, and 150 RPG live ammunition in their vehicle. Similarly, Sani was arrested at Swashi village while trying to transport 14 locally fabricated rifles from Kanti village in Mashegu Local Government Area to Guffanti in New Bussa LGA.

The first two suspects told the Police that they were taking the arms from Sokoto to someone called Yellow in Mokwa, while Sani confessed that the guns were given to him by a local fabricator identified as Bilya to deliver to one Bulus of Guffanti village. Sani added that he was offered a commission of N1,000 on each gun if he delivered them successfully.

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