The Kaduna State government has announced that troops of Operation Forest Sanity have intercepted a large quantity of ammunition being conveyed to bandits by a courier around Polewire in the Birnin Gwari local government area of the state.
The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, in a statement said the troops followed up on credible intelligence around gun-running activities and in the course of diligent checks stopped a suspicious-looking vehicle within the location of interest.”
The statement said a search of the intercepted vehicle – a black Toyota Corolla – revealed more than 2,000 rounds of various grades of ammunition, concealed in different parts of the car.
The statement added that after a thorough search of the vehicle, 1,079 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, 886 rounds of 7.62mm belted ammunition and 139 rounds of 7.62mm tracer ammunition precise quantities were recovered.
It also explained that five empty AK-47 magazines were also recovered while the driver of the vehicle, Aminu Abdullahi, is in custody for further investigation.
The statement said Governor Nasir El-Rufai received the report with satisfaction, thanking the troops for their proactiveness in denying bandits a major supply of ammunition meant to mete out more destruction and suffering.
He charged the security forces to proceed with a thorough investigation of the arrested suspect and intensify efforts towards dismantling gun-running networks across the State and beyond.