The Zamfara State Command of the Nigeria Police Force has confirmed the arrest of some citizens armed with sophisticated weapons, causing a nuisance in the state metropolis.
Speaking to reporters in Gusau, the state capital on Wednesday, the state Commissioner of Police, Husaini Rabiu, said the command arrested no fewer than 15 suspects for alleged conspiracy, inciting public disturbance and riot.
Naija News understands that the suspects were arrested along the Gusau-Kaura Namoda Road in the Kaura-Namoda Local Government Area of the state.
“The suspects, who were armed with different sophisticated weapons, blocked Gusau-Karan Namoda Road, where they embarked on unwarranted attacks and destruction of property while threatening the lives of innocent commuters,” Rabiu told newsmen.
He added: “Despite the presence of security operatives coupled with their efforts to persuade the rioters to disperse to their respective homes peacefully without force, the rioters turned down the security operatives and even attempted to attack them.
“Our security operatives, being professionally trained to handle this kind of situation, eventually dispersed them and restored normalcy without the loss of life from both sides.
“Consequently, 15 suspects who took part in the riot were arrested at the scene in possession of four locally fabricated guns, one cutlass, one catapult, three plugs used for the locally-fabricated guns, rolls of charms and six operational motorcycles.”
Meanwhile, Naija News had reported earlier that one person was killed as hoodlums stormed the Isolo area of Lagos and attacked residents and traders with arms and ammunition, on Monday night.
A trader, identified as Emeka, said that business in the area had become unsafe for two days now due to nefarious activities of hoodlums who robbed individuals of private belongings.
He added that the activities of the hoodlums were an offshoot of last weekend’s All Progressives Congress (APC) local council primaries in the area.