Seven arms dealers operating in Plateau and Taraba States have been arrested by the Police.
Operatives of the Force Intelligence Bureau Intelligence Response Team (FIB-IRT), were able to achieve the feat in a sting operation.
Four of the dealers were arrested in Jos, with 57 AK47 rifles and a large catchment of ammunition retrieved from them.
The suspects, Hamza Zakari (aka Hamzo) aged 20yrs, Abubakar Muhammed (aka Fancy) aged 22yrs, Umar Ibrahim aged 25yrs and Muhammed Abdulkarim (aka Dan-Asabe) aged 37yrs, all males and residents of Jos, were arrested following a credible intelligence on their nefarious activities in Jos and its environs.
The suspects, who confessed to their involvement in arms dealings and other criminal acts, have been identified as one of the major links for the supply of arms and ammunition to criminal elements terrorizing the state and some other parts of the country.
The investigation team is on the trail of their accomplices and they are closing in on them, said Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the Police PRO.
“Similarly, operatives of the FIB-IRT acting on a tip-off have smashed and arrested three suspected gun runners in Ibi LGA of Taraba State.
“The suspects, Bello Sani, Venab Puncat and Yusuf Nahoda, all of Ibi Local Government Area of Taraba, during interrogation confessed to have purchased one AK47 rifle, and one SMG rifle at the cost of Nine Hundred Thousand Naira (#900,000). Concerted effort has been activated to arrest their collaborators and recover the exhibits”, Adejobi said..
The arrested suspects, according to Adejobi, will be arraigned in court upon conclusion of investigations