The Katsina State Police Command, on Monday, paraded a Nigerien national, Haruna Yusuf and his two sons over alleged banditry and gunrunning.
The 47-year-old resident of Muduru village in Mani Local Government Area of the state was accused of leading a syndicate supplying arms from Niger Republic to bandits in Zamfara and Katsina forests.
While parading the suspects, the state commissioner for police Sanusi Buba, said the suspect was arrested alongside his sons, Ibrahim Salisu, 20, and Shuaibu Haruna, 18.
Other suspected members of the syndicate who have been identified as Haruna Yusuf, 47, of Sawarya village, Kaita LGA of Katsina State; Haruna Adamu, 35, and Auwal Abubakar, 28, both of Maduru village, Mani LGA of Katsina, were arrested.
According to CP Buba, Yusuf had confessed to sourcing arms and ammunition from Niger Republic for Lawan Zayyana, Haruna Adamu and Auwal Abubakar who then supply them to bandits in the forest.
The police commissioner said;
“He confessed to have sold over 10,000 arms and ammunition to bandits in the forest.
“Furthermore, Haruna Adamu and Auwal Abubakar confessed to have severally (sic) trafficked these arms and ammunition to bandits at Gurbi and Dan-Magaji areas in Zamfara State.”
Items recovered from the suspects include two General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMGs), one LAR rifle, 179 Anti-Aircraft (AA) ammunition and about 3.4 million CFA Franc.
The police also paraded Murtala Haruna, 20, who is said to be a nephew of the arms dealer; Ibrahim Dabo, 19, from Natsinta village, Kandamau, Maradi, Niger Republic; Sambo Muhammadu, 22, and Jibir Adamu, 20.
Others are Sani Ibrahim, 20; Yusufa Muhammadu, 28; Abubakar Muhammadu, 26; Abdullahi Dabo, 28; Murtala Ado, 20, Sani Muhammad, 29; and Umar Bello, 28; all of Natsinta village, Kandamau, Maradi, Niger Republic.
Also paraded were Basiru Usman, 18, of Tsanni village, Batagarawa LGA of Katsina, who was described as a brother of the suspected arms supplier, Mr Zayyana and Kamaradini Jafaru, 30, of Muduru village, Mani LGA of Katsina State.
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