Zamfara poice arrest woman who supplies arms, ammunition to bandits in Northwest zone, others


From Maiharaji Altine Gusau

The Zamfara state police command has arrested a 30 year old woman who supplied arms and ammunition to bandits in the Northwest zone.

CP Ayuba N. Elkana addressing Journalists while parading the suspects

Parading the woman in Gusau on Friday, the commissioner of police CP Ayuba N. Elkana said, the woman, Fatima Lawali who hailed from Kaura-namoda local government area of the state was arrested on Thursday October 25 at about 9.30 in the night.

Fatima Lawali, a supplier of arms and ammunition to bandits

The commissioner said, “On 25th October, 2021 at about 0930hrs, Police Tactical Operatives of the Command in collaboration with FIB/STS led by DSP Hussaini Gimba on Tactical Operations in the State, arrested one Fatima Lawali ‘F’ a native of K/Namoda LGA of Zamfara state”.

“Fatima specialized in supplying arms and ammunition to Bandits in Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi, Kaduna, Katsina and Niger States respectively. 

Other suspects arrested during the operations

“The suspect was arrested at Gada Biyu area, under Bungudu LGA with nine hundred and ninety one (991) rounds of AK-47 live ammunition conveying from Dabagi Village in Sokoto State to be delivered to a notorious bandit’s kingpin called Ado Alero who has been terrorizing Zamfara and neighbouring states.

The commissioner further explained that, following interrogations of the woman and other suspects arrested, the Police Tactical Operatives carried out tactical operations at different bandit’s enclaves in the State. 

Arms and ammunition intercepted by the police during the operations

The operations led to a serious gun battle with the bandits where unspecified numbers of bandits were fatally injured while others escaped with possible gunshot wounds. 

Acccording to the Commissioner, ten assorted AK-47 rifles with magazines containing one hundred and forty three (143) rounds of live ammunition were recovered from the scene.

Indian hemp intercepted

Similarly, seven people were arrested during the operations for various offences ranging from possession of Indian hemp, rape, criminal conspiracy, cattle rustling, and unlawful possession of firearms.

The commissioner thanked Governor Bello Matawalle for  his continued support and assistance to the police command in the fight against banditry and other criminal activities.

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