Banditry: 3 Nigeriens illegal arms dealers busted in undercover Military operation
By Our reporter
Aug.17, 2020 - Troops of the “Operation Sahel Sanity” have arrested three Nigerien illegal arms dealers supplying arms to bandits in the Northwestern parts of the country following an undercover operation.
Brig.-Gen. Benard Onyeuko, Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, made the disclosure during a news briefing at Special Army Super Camp, Faskari, Katsina State, on Monday.
According to Onyeuko, the Nigerian troops arrested the Nigeriens at Dantudu, Malailai district of Sabon-Birni Local Government Area of Sokoto State.
He said the suspects are: Adamu Alhassan, Salisu Adamu and Abdullahi Sani.
“On Aug. 15, 2020, Operation Sahel Sanity troops deployed to Forward Operation Base, after a painstaking undercover operation, successfully smashed a notorious illegal arms smuggling syndicate.
“They specialised in massive arms supply to bandits in the North-West zone from across international borders,” he said.
Onyeuko said items recovered from the hoodlums included six AK 47 rifles, three AK 47 rifle magazines and 2,415 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition that were concealed in various parts of their vehicle.
He said that preliminary investigation revealed that the dangerous consignments were meant for some bandits in Issa Local Government Area of Sokoto State.
According to Onyeuko, one of the arrested suspects, Alhassan, a diabetic and hypertensive patient, however died in the hospital where he was rushed for treatment.
Onyeuko said that investigation was ongoing to arrest all those involved in the chain of heinous activities in collaboration with intelligence and security agencies from the neighboring countries.