The Niger State Police Command, on Thursday, disclosed that it had arrested four suspects in possession of 295 rounds of AK-47 rifles live ammunition.

Our correspondent learnt that the suspects concealed the ammunition in different bags of grains inside a poultry farm along the Garam/Bwari Road via Sabon-Wuse in Tafa Local Government Area of the state. One of the suspects confessed that the weapons were meant for use in Mangu, Plateau State.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Wasiu Abiodun, made this known in a statement in which he said another suspect confessed that the ammunition was bought in Kaduna State.

“On February 18, 2024, at about 1410hrs, based on information received that one Nuhu Abdullahi of a poultry farm, Sabon-Wuse area of Tafa LGA, was suspected to be among the hoodlums terrorising the area.

“Immediately the information was received, the police operatives attached to Tafa Division, with the Tactical Support Team led by DPO Tafa mobilised to the poultry farm along Garam/Bwari Road via Sabon-Wuse and arrested the following suspects in connection to the information: Nuhu Abdullahi, 25 years; Yahuza Isah, 24 years; and Mohammed Adamu, 42 years, all of Dadin-Kowa Sabon-Wuse, Tafa LGA.

“Having arrested the suspects from the scene, an immediate on-the-spot search was conducted in the premises of the farm. Consequently, a total of 295 rounds of live ammunition of AK-47 rifles were recovered, hidden in different bags of grains within the farm.”

The PPRO noted that during interrogation, Nuhu Abdullahi confessed that his elder brother; one Ibrahim Abdullahi, 38 years, of Mangu area of Plateau State, sent the sum of N295,000 to him to purchase arms and ammunition for nefarious activities in Mangu, Plateau State.

According to him, “The said Ibrahim Abdullahi was equally arrested and confessed to the crime, while Yahuza Isah aided and connected Nuhu Abdullahi to Mohammed Adamu, a vigilante man in Sabon-Wuse.

“Mohammed Adamu claimed that he bought about 180 quantities of the ammunition at the rate of N220 each from one Rabiu at Kagarko, Kaduna and took the delivery at Jere, Kaduna State, while one other suspect called Commander Dahiru of vigilante, presently at large, supplied the remaining quantity,” Abiodun stated.

The spokesman said efforts were going on to arrest both Dahiru and Rabiu, to unravel the source of this ammunition, noting that the case is under investigation at the State Criminal Investigation Department, Minna while the suspects would be charged in court after the investigation.