The Zamfara State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of a former soldier of the Nigerian Army who was allegedly supplying ammunition to terrorists across northern states.
The notorious gunrunner, Sa’idu Lawal, was arrested while heading to Gusau, Zamfara State capital to deliver a consignment of ammunition to one of his customers, Naija News learnt.
The force spokesperson in Zamfara, Mohammed Shehu told newsmen on Wednesday while parading the suspect in Gusau that the former Lance Corporal in the Nigerian Army was nabbed with two rifles, a cache of ammunition and eight empty magazines he was transporting to his customer.
The PPRO said the former soldier has gone deep in the gunrunning business and has turned into a notorious kidnapper and armed robber.
SP Shehu said Lawal was intercepted in a Pontiac Vibe vehicle with Lagos registration number KRD 686 CY on the Abuja-Kaduna Highway on his way to Zamfara.
According to Shehu, operatives of the force recovered the following items from the former soldier: An AK-47 rifle, one AK-49 rifle, 200 rounds of 7.6mm live ammunition, 501 rounds of 7.62x51mm ammunition and eight empty magazines.
“During interrogation, the suspect confessed that he was conveying the exhibits from Loko Local Government Area of Nasarawa State to his customer, one Dogo Hamza, in Bacha village in Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara,” The police spokesman said.
He said Lawal has since confessed that he had previously supplied similar consignment to other customers in Kaduna, Katsina, Niger and Kebbi states.
Shehu added that the police have opened an investigation and efforts were on to arrest Lawal’s accomplices.