Troops of 1 Division Nigerian Army deployed for Operation WHIRL PUNCH arrested three notorious gun runners Aminu Umar , aged 32, Shehu Samaila 25 and Bilyaminu Abdullahi, 22 years respectively.
They were apprehended during a Stop and Search operation at Rijau in Niger State on Tuesday.
That was made know in a statement issued to journalists by Colonel Muhammad Dole Deputy Director Army Public Relations1 Division Nigerian Army
The troops recovered 44 fabricated locally made single barrel rifles and 351 cartridges being conveyed in a Toyota Corolla with Registration Number ZUR 28DX Kebbi.
The statement added that Preliminary investigation revealed the gun runners were heading to Bena in Danko/Wasagu Local Government Area of Kebbi State northeast Nigeria which shares boundary with Zamfara State.
Stressing that the arrest is similar to that of Mr Rabi’u Akilu who was found in possession of 36 rifles and 343 rounds of ammunition neatly concealed in another Toyota Corolla heading to Zamfara State in November 2018.
Further interrogation is ongoing while motorists are requested to continue to share credible information with the Nigerian Army and other security agencies.
Troops of 1 Division conducting Operation WHIRL PUNCH will remain resolutely committed to combating all forms of criminality in our Area of Operation the statement added.