The Zamfara state police command on Wednesday, intercepted two vehicles carrying arms in different parts of the state.
The spokesman of the command, Muhammad Shehu, confirmed the development to journalists in Gusau, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. He told newsmen that items recovered from the vehicles were three AK47 riffles, an automatic pistol, locally-made pistol, magazines and live ammunitions.
According to him, other items recovered include N103, 435 cash, ATM card, three voters’ cards, military camouflage and a stamp of the Cattle Traders Association of Nigeria in the Bukuru Local government area of Plateau.
Shehu said that the drivers of the two cars, a Honda Civic marked Sokoto state BDN358AA and another marked Kano state KMC 321AA, were arrested and were now assisting the police in investigations.
The spokesman explained that a police patrol team arrested one of the suspects, a native of Birnin-Yero village in the Shinkafi local government council of Sokoto state on September 25 on the Gusau-Sokoto highway.
He named items recovered from the vehicle as two AK 47 Riffles with number 3745485 and 1977CK22457 respectively and five magazines with 165 rounds of live ammunition, “Others items recovered are N68, 750 cash, ATM card and three 3 voters’ cards, military camouflage and several mobile phones.’’
He said also that the police similarly, caught another suspect, a native of Bassa Local Government Council in Plateau on the Kauran-Namoda-Jibiya road. Shehu said that exhibits recovered in the man’s vehicle were one AK 47 riffle with number 804151, two magazines with 20 rounds of live ammunition and one pistol with four bullets.
“Other items recovered are a locally-made pistol, eight mobile phones, cash of N34,685, two pairs of military camouflage and a stamp of the Cattle Traders Association of Nigeria, Bukuru Local Government Area of Plateau State.”
The police image maker said that investigation into the matter was going on at the command’s Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, after which the suspects would be charged to court.
He said that the successes recorded showed the level of commitment of the command led by the Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Shaba Alkali. Shehu assured residents of the state of adequate security coverage and the determination of the command to reduce crime in the state. He appealed to members of the public to always cooperate with the police and other security agencies in the state.
“Therefore, we should support the police with useful information on security from our respective areas.” Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has announced the immediate dismantling of all roadblocks in Nigeria, especially the ones on Lagos-Ibadan, Shagamu-Benin and Benin-Onitsha highways. Other roads listed are Okene-Abuja, Kaduna-Kano, Katsina-Kano, Otukpo-Enugu, Enugu-Port Harcourt expressways.
In a statement on Monday night by the police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, the IG said that this will enable ease of doing business in Nigeria, safeguard, and guarantee free passage of goods and travellers throughout the country.