The 1 Division, Nigerian Army, Kaduna State, on Saturday, said it arrested a suspected gunrunner on November 22 in Bargu general area of New Bussa Local Government Area of Niger State.
The Deputy Director, Army Public Relations Officer, Col. Muhammad Dole, made the disclosure in a statement in Kaduna.
Dole said, “It is noteworthy to state that the ongoing Operation WHIRL PUNCH is achieving successes in all formations of Headquarters, 1 Division Nigerian Army.
‘‘The latest being the interception and arrest of a suspected gunrunner called Rabi’u Akilu.
‘‘He was arrested at the Garoji Army Check point in Bargu general area of New Bussa Local Government Area of Niger state on 22 November.’’
According to him, the officers of the command, acting on intelligence intercepted the suspect’s vehicle and found some items in it.
He disclosed that 21 locally made single barrels, 15 locally made barrels, 10 locally made pistols, 343 cartridges, one Toyota Corolla with registration number ZUR 416 DX KEBBI were recovered from him.
Dole said the suspect, Mr Rabi’u Akilu, hails from Dangulbi village in Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
The Deputy Director noted that the suspect is currently assisting security operatives in their investigations.