Zamfara police arrest suspects who supply guns, hard drugs to bandits


From Maiharaji Altine Gusau

Zamfara state police command has arrested a suspected gunrunner, Ibrahim Adamu in possession of N1.070 for the purchase of AK 47 Rifles.

In a statement, the state’s Police Commissioner, CP Abutu Yaro  said On 18th March, 2021, one Ibrahim Adamu (aka Gado) after a credible information revealed that himself and one Tsoho Dandela all Bandits from Kangon Marafa village of Bungudu LGA concluded plan to purchase AK-47 rifles from one Dogo  a notorious armed bandit residing in a bush under Zurmi LGA.

The money recovered from a suspected gunrunner, Ibrahim Adamu

“Our operatives mounted a monitoring squad which led to the successful arrest of one of the suspects with the cash sum of one million, seventy thousand naira (1,070,000) meat for the purchase of the arms”.

 “During interrogation, the suspect confessed to have collected the money from Tsoho Dandela and be taken to Dogo in Zurmi LGA”. 

CP Abutu said investigation wss in progress aimed at apprehending other suspects and their partners in crime.

 The commissioner also said that On 17th March, 2021, a team of Policemen attached to Operation Puff Adder II in Tsafe LGA received an intelligence report that a strange person suspected to be bandit was seen at the outskirt of Biyabiki village. 

Some of the hard drugs recovered during the operation

Abutu said “Operatives in collaboration with the vigilante group of the area quickly mobilized to the scene and arrested the suspect who was in possession of  AK-47 rifle and magazine with two (2) rounds of live ammunition”. 

According to the Commissioner, discreet investigation of the suspected bandit was ongoing at the State CID with a view to arresting his collaborators before being charged to court for prosecution.

The commissioner also stated that one Murtala Yusuf from Funtua was arrested on 14th March, 2021 by the police.

Some weeds suspected to be Indian hemp recovered from the suspects

The commissioner said “the suspect who came all the way from Funtua in Katsina State to Zamfara to perpetrate act of criminality was arrested by our men of Operation Puff Adder II after an alarm was raised by the victim who happened to be an Okada man conveying the suspect from old market to Janyau area, Gusau”. 

“On reaching the destination, the suspect who was armed with a deadly sharp iron inflicted injury on the victim’s right hand and also poured some powder like substance into his eyes thereby blinding the victim before Robbing him of his Boxer motorcycle”. 
The suspect according to the commissioner woulb be charged to court as soon as investigation wss completed.

 Also on 10th March, 2021, CP said “Police operatives in Shinkafi LGA acted on credible intelligence and arrested  two  suspects, Aminu Mohammed and Nanna Uchenna for aiding and abetting banditry through supply of hard drugs to the bandits through operating unlicensed pharmaceutical store.

CP Abutu Yaro in a press conference with journalists

 The suspects, according to the Commissioner were all residing in Shinkafi town.

The commissioner said, “The two  suspects were apprehended after series of complaints by Shinkafi Communities that, the duo have  engaged themselves in the supply of hard drugs and injections to the bandits in the bush through one Buzu ‘M’ now at Large”. 

“One of the suspects Aminu Mohammed who happened to be the middle man in the business was arrested with  one hundred (100) bottles of pentazocine injections collected from Uchenna Nnanna while delivering to the said Buzu’.

“The injections according the pharmaceutical analysis conducted by a medical expert were used to treat moderate to severe pains for adult and children. It is also used as part of anesthesia for surgery’. 

The two (2) suspects are in Police Custody at the State CID undergoing discreet investigation with a view to apprehend their partners in crime. They will be charged to court for prosecution.

Also on 18th March,2021, Police operatives attached to Operation Puff Adder attached to Tudun wada Division acted on credible intelligence that led to the arrest of one Abubakar Mohammed ‘M’ of Falaila GRA area, Gusau.

The suspect according to CP Abutu was arrested in possession of large quantity of dry leaves suspected to be Indian hemp and other hard drugs which are being used by Bandits and other criminal elements. 

“On interrogation, The suspect confessed to have engaged himself in the buying  and selling of dry leaves and other hard drugs”. 

The Suspect, according to the Commissioner was currently in Police custody undergoing further interrogation and investigation before being charged to court for prosecution.

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