The Niger State Police Command has apprehended three suspected gunrunners and recovered over 567 rounds of live ammunition from them.
The state Commissioner, Monday Bala Kuryas, said the suspects confessed to the crime after being apprehended in Minna.
Muhammadu Bello, 32, and Nura Umar, 30, both of Birnin-Kebbi, Kebbi State, were detained by the Police Safer Highway on patrol along the Makera-Mokwa route in their vehicle, according to the state Police commissioner.
According to him, the said driver (Bello) refused to halt at the checkpoint for a normal inspection, but after a high-speed chase by the police squad to Sabon Makera village, they abandoned the vehicle and fled.
However, he explained that the two suspects were later arrested with the help of the community.
During the search of the vehicle, the following items were recovered:- two (2) AK-47 rifles, two (2) AK-49 rifles, sixteen (16) magazines, four hundred and seventeen (417) live ammunition of 7.62 calibre, one hundred and fifty (150) RPG live ammunition.
He stated that when questioned, they claimed that the arms were being taken from Sokoto to one Yellow at Mokwa.
Kuryas also said the third suspect, Habib Sani aged 25, of Kanti village, Mashegu LGA was earlier arrested in possession of 14 locally fabricated guns concealed in a sack bag while on transit in a commercial vehicle from Kanti village to Guffanti, New-Bussa Borgu LGA.
The guns comprised six double barrel and eight triple barrel guns.
” Effort is ongoing to apprehend Bilya and Bulus who are currently at large.
“All the cases are under investigation while suspects will be arraigned in court for prosecution as soon as investigation is concluded,” he added.