The Katsina State Police Command has paraded before pressmen a notorious bandit who doubled as an arm dealer with two AK-47 rifles and 42 rounds of 7.62MM live ammunition hidden underneath his motorcycles while cruising to Zamfara from Katsina State.
The Police PRO in the state, SP Isah Gambo, disclosed this at the command’s headquarter
while briefing the press on the achievement of the command on Thursday.
The 45 years old suspect, identified as Sani Mamuda with the nickname “SHADARI” is said to be an indigene of Shama village in Birnin Magaji LGA of Zamfara state.
SP Isah described the suspect who was arrested along Kurfi-Batsari road by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Kurfi LGA and his team as “a notorious bandit and arms dealer who specializes in supplying weapons to bandits in the forests of Katsina and Zamfara States.”
“In his possession were two AK 47 rifles, with two magazines loaded with forty two (42) rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition of Ak 47 rifles concealed beneath the seat of his red colour Boxer motorcycle,” SP Isah said.
Also recovered from the hoodlum were 12000 CFA, Niger Republic Currency, forty nine thousand, five hundred Nigeria Naira (N49,500), one Techno handset and two Airtel SIM Cards.
While fielding questions from the press members, the suspect confessed to have bought the said rifles at Mashi forest, from one Masa’udu alias “DANBARNO”, and one Abdullahi (now at large) both of Yar-Malamai village in Charanchi LGA of Katsina state.
He also confessed to have supplied weapons in the past to the following bandits hibernating in Zamfara forest: Rabe, Lawal, Hamisu, all of Shama village in Birnin Magaji LGA of Zamfara state.
The Command urges members of the public to cooperate with security agencies by giving them credible information on bandits and their collaborators.
The Command assures members of the public that it remains resolute and committed in the ongoing fight against recalcitrant bandits until they are arrested and dealt with in accordance with extant Laws of the land.