Troops of Operation Forest Sanity have intercepted a large quantity of ammunition being conveyed to bandits by a courier around Polewire in Birnin Gwari LGA of Kaduna State.
According to a report by security analyst, Zagazola Makama, on Thursday, 13 April, the interception of the cache of ammunition followed credible intelligence about gunrunning activities, and diligent checks that resulted in stopping a suspicious-looking vehicle within the location of interest.
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.
After a thorough search of the vehicle, the following were recovered: 1,079 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, 886 rounds of 7.62mm belted ammunition and 139 rounds of 7.62mm tracer ammunition. In addition, 5 empty AK-47 magazines were also recovered.
The driver of the vehicle, one Aminu Abdullahi, is currently in custody for further investigation.
Meanwhile, Governor Nasir El-Rufai noted the report with satisfaction, and thanked the troops for their proactiveness in denying bandits a major supply of ammunition meant to mete out more destruction and suffering.
While warmly appreciating the leadership of the General Officer Commanding, One Division, Major General T.A. Lagbaja, for the latest notable breakthrough recorded, Governor El-Rufai charged the security forces to proceed with a thorough investigation of the arrested suspect, and intensify efforts towards dismantling gunrunning networks across the State and beyond.