The PUNCH reviews syndicate concerned in unlawful gross sales of ammunition to bandits throughout the nation has been busted by the police with 4 suspects arrested.
The suspects, Abdullahi Mohammed, Haruna Bello, Husein Abdullahi Aka Gide and Yusuf Barkeje, had been picked up at completely different areas within the Federal Capital Territory and Nasarawa State.
Two AK-47 rifles and 320 rounds of ammunition had been reportedly intercepted from the gang whereas planning to provide one other 320 rounds of ammunition.
Metropolis Spherical learnt that operatives of the Inspector-Basic of Police Intelligence Response Crew went after the syndicate following a spate of theft and kidnapping perpetrated by bandits in some components of the nation.
The 4 suspects had been arrested just lately by the detectives who traced their consumers to Lokoja and Lafia in Kogi and Nasarawa states respectively.
“In the middle of investigation, it was found that Abudullahi, who transports the ammunition to the consumers, resides in Kubwa space of Abuja. He was arrested in his hideout and he owned as much as his position.
“He mentioned he had been contacted to select one other 320 rounds from some members of his syndicate in Nasarawa for onward supply to a contact recognized as Haruna Bello.
“Mohammed led operatives to Lafia the place three different members of the gang, Abdullahi, Bello and Barkeje had been apprehended and 320 rounds of ammunition recovered.
“They often opened the door mart of the automotive and neatly hid the ammunition in it. It will allow them beat safety operatives on the highway,” a supply disclosed.
Narrating his position within the gang, 20-year-old Mohammed, who was paraded through the week, mentioned he was engaged by one Smallie at massive and he used his (Mohammed’s) Gulf automotive to ship ammunition to the bandits.
The native of Kachi-Wuse space of Niger defined that he had efficiently carried out two operations since February 2020 when he joined the gang.
He said, “I’m a Fulani man and into cattle rearing. I’ve seven cows in Adamawa State, and they’re with my youthful brother. It was a boy generally known as Smallie, who launched me to the unlawful gross sales of ammunition in February.
“I’m the gang’s supply man. I’ve a Golf automotive which I used for public transportation and I shuttle Kaduna, Taffa and Zaria routes. In certainly one of my journeys, Smallie and I had a dialog and he mentioned he wished me to work for him. He mentioned he wished me to be transporting ammunition for him to his contacts throughout the nation and he supplied to pay me.
“On my first operation, he paid me N60,000. I equipped 150 items of reside ammunition to at least one Yellie in Lokoja. I picked up the ammunition from Zuba space of Abuja.”
To beat safety brokers on the highway, Mohammed said that he wrapped the ammunition with nylon and hid it in his automotive door mart.
He mentioned in April 2020, Smallie requested him to select one other set of ammunition in Kaduna State and ship it to Yelie in Lokoja, stating that he was paid N100,000 for the project.
“It was on the third operation that I used to be arrested. It was Haruna Bello who Smallie linked to me that gave me up for arrest,” he added.
Bello, 27, a herdsman and farmer who hails from Lafia, mentioned he was launched to the unlawful ammunition enterprise by one Nuru whom he met whereas his cows had been grazing in a bush.
The daddy of 4 mentioned Nuru begged him to assist supply for ammunition he would use for a tribal combat in Benue State.
He mentioned, “Nuru complained to me that Agatu individuals are killing Fulanis in Benue State and requested if I can help him get ammunition to combat Agatu folks. I advised him I do know Husein Abudullahi, Aka Gide, who’s the chief provider of ammunition in Lafia.
“I known as Gide and requested him to get me 320 rounds of ammunition. Gide promised to get the ammunition for me and we organized to satisfy in Lafia. That was when the police got here and arrested me.”
In his account, Abdullahi, 29, from Nasarawa State, mentioned he obtained provides of ammunition from one Sunday based mostly in Benue State.
He admitted that Bello contacted him for 320 rounds of ammunition which he purchased from Sunday on the charge of N700 per one, working into N224,000.
He mentioned, “I’m a cattle rearer. I’ve two wives and eight youngsters. It was whereas I used to be rearing cattle that I met one Sunday in Benue State. He sells arms to herdsmen and he began supplying ammunition to me.
“When Haruna (Bello) reached out to me for ammunition, I approached Sunday and he bought 320 rounds of ammunition to me. I paid him N224,000. It was Haruna that despatched me the cash. I used to be about at hand over the ammunition to Haruna once I was arrested. This was my first provide.”