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Zamfara police arrest eight suspected suppliers of ammunition, motorcycles to bandits

Some of the suspects also helped negotiate and deliver ransoms from families to the kidnappers for a commission.

• September 17, 2022
Mohammed Shehu
Mohammed Shehu

The Police Command in Zamfara has arrested eight suspects supplying ammunition, military uniforms, motorcycles and foodstuffs to bandits in the state.

Some of the arrested suspects were also said to have successfully negotiated and delivered several sums as ransom from families to the kidnappers for a commission.

The command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Muhammad Shehu, told journalists on Saturday in Gusau that the suspects were arrested by the Police Tactical Squad in Gusau and Tsafe Local Government Areas.

Mr Shehu said five of the suspects specialised in providing information, supplying military camouflage and ammunition to the bandits.

“Police Tactical Operatives of the command acted on intelligence information about some suspected activities of a suspect, Zainu Lawali.”

He said Lawali, who claimed to be an ex-soldier, was arrested in possession of a locally fabricated revolver, military camouflage uniform, fake military I.D card, four cartridges and other dangerous weapons.

He said one of those arrested, Alhassan Lawali, had allegedly confessed to have supplied 14 new motorcycles to the bandits at the rate of N750,000 each.

Mr Shehu added that the operatives while on surveillance patrol along Gusau-KotorKoshi-Mada axis, intercepted a notorious bandit, Umar Manaro, who was terrorizing people in Mada and Kotorkoki areas of the state.

“On spot search, one AK-49 and one Lar rifle and 174 rounds of live ammunition were recovered in his possession,” he said, adding that the suspects would soon be charged to court.

(NAN)

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