The suspects, Adamu Shehu, Tukur Mohammed, Ibrahim Suleiman
Three suspected bandits Adamu Shehu, Tukur Mohammed and Ibrahim Suleiman who were on a mission in Katsina state have been apprehended by Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.
The agency recovered three AK 47 rifles among other dangerous items from the bandits.
It also arrested a heavy weapon manufacturer, Celestine Chidiebere Christian, with a high calibre G3 rifle, seventy-eight (78) rounds of life ammunition (RLA) of 7.62mm calibre and five empty shells.
The suspect was arrested in Benue while trying to move the heavy weapon and ammunition to Jos, Plateau State.
The arrests and seizures were made at the NDLEA checkpoints in the two states where narcotic officers stop and to search vehicles for illicit drugs.
Speaking when the Benue state command was at the handing over of the high calibre G3 rifle and the suspect to the anti-narcotics body in Abuja, Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), the Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA said the body will continue to support efforts by other security agencies, especially the armed forces, to restore law and order across the country.
“For us at NDLEA, we’ll continue to do our best with our highly dedicated officers and men to cut off accessibility to illicit drugs by criminal gangs by blocking the trafficking of these psychoactive and psychotropic substances.
”In doing this, we’ll not shy away from complementing the efforts of other security agencies, especially our armed forces in our collective bid to restore security and maintain law and order in all parts of the country.
”The three armed bandits were arrested by our officers on patrol in Malumfashi LGA of Katsina on Thursday 5th August, on their way from Igabi LGA of Kaduna state to Kankara LGA in Katsina for another devilish mission. A Toyota Corolla car with registration number Kaduna TRK 149 AE, three AK 47 rifles with magazines and ammunition, different types of charms, rings, cash and other items were recovered from them."
He added that he has directed that the suspects be handed over to the Army Brigade in Katsina for further investigation.