Troops arrest 3 gun runners, recover 44 rifles in Niger - 9IJA TALKS

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Troops of 1 Division Nigerian Army deployed for Operation Whirl Punch have arrested three gunrunners in Niger State.
Aminu Umar, 32; Shehu Samaila, 25 and Bilyaminu Abdullahi, 22 were arrested Tuesday while heading for Bena in Danko/Wasagu Local Government Area of Kebbi State.
A statement in Kaduna yesterday by the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 1 Division Nigerian Army, Colonel Muhammad Dole, said the suspects were arrested during a stop-and-search operation at Rijau in Niger State.
He said the troops recovered 44 fabricated locally made single barrel rifles and 351 cartridges conveyed with a Toyota Corolla with registration number ZUR 28DX Kebbi.
He said: “Preliminary investigation revealed that the gun runners were heading to Bena in Danko/Wasagu Local Government Area of Kebbi State which shares boundary with Zamfara State.This arrest is similar to that of Mr. Rabi’u Akilu who was found in possession of 36 rifles and 343 rounds of ammunition neatly concealed in another Toyota Corolla heading to Zamfara State in November 2018.”
He said interrogation was ongoing and called on motorists to continue to share credible information with the army and other security agencies.

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