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Police arrest 37 bandits, recover weapons

Bandits and other criminals paraded at the Police Headquarters, Sokoto. Photo: Nasiru Malali

The police command in Sokoto State says it has arrested 37 suspected bandits and 23 others criminals who have been terrorizing Rabah, Illela, and Goronyo local government areas of Sokoto state.

Briefing Journalists at the command headquarters in Sokoto, the Deputy Inspector General of Police, DIG in charge of the operation, Zaki Ahmed said the special force of the police identified the camps of the bandits linked to the notorious gang leader, Bello Turji and raided the area in three local governments of the state.

He further disclosed that one Musa Mohammed Kamarawa age 33 years from Isa local government is responsible for the supplying of arms and ammunition for the bandits in the area.

DIG Ahmed further explained that the police recovered 32 AK-47 rifles, 2 RPG, 1Rocket launcher, 1,412 rounds of 7.62mm live Ammunition, 1,200 rounds of AA live Ammunition, 4 locally made pistol, 1barreta pistol, 3 pairs of Army camouflage uniforms, 4 operational vehicles, 10 cartons of pentazocine B.P 30 injection, 1 solar panel charger, 1 solar charger control, 1 lar rifle, 1 G3 rifle, 33 live cartridges, 3 AK-47 magazines, some assorted charms, 16 techno handsets, 2 bow and arrow and cutlasses.

Ahmed urged the general public to provide police with intelligent information to enable them to get rid of criminals.

He said the suspects would soon be charged to court when the police conclude their investigation.

When interviewed, Musa Mohammed who used to procure guns for the bandits confessed to the supply of gun trucks from Libya at the cost of N28 million for the bandits.

He added that he has sent his brother to Libya to deliver the gun truck via the Niger Republic to Sokoto State.

He stated that he does meet bandits in the bush to discuss because of his link with some influential politicians in Zamfara state.

He further stated that this is not the first time he is into this business saying he has been procuring arms and Ammunition for the bandits.

Reporting by Nasir Malali; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino