The Katsina State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of a suspected supplier of arms and ammunition to bandits in the state.
The state’s Commissioner of Police, Sanusi Buba, who disclosed this at a press conference on Monday in Katsina, said the suspect, one Haruna Yusuf, and his accomplices were found with two machine guns and 179 anti-aircraft ammunition.
Other items recovered from the suspects were one vehicle and seven motorcycles used in trafficking the weapons to bandits in the forests.
According to him, the suspects were arrested by police operatives in their hideouts at Sawarya village, Kaita local government area of the state.
He said: “Based on credible intelligence, the command has been following the lead of the suspect.
“The suspect was trailed and arrested alongside with his cohorts, – Lawan Zayyana (35), Haruna Adamu (35), and Auwal Abubakar (28), both of Maduru village in Mani local government area of Katsina State.
“Haruna Yusuf confessed to being the gang leader.
“He told police that he usually receives the supply of arms and ammunition from the Republic of Niger and hands over to Lawan Zayyana, Haruna Adamu and Auwal Abubakar, who will, in turn, take the supply to bandits in the forest.
“Furthermore, Haruna Adamu and Auwal Abubakar confessed to having severally trafficked such arms and ammunition to bandits in Gurbi and Dan-Magaji areas in Zamfara.”
He revealed that police arrested 14 other suspects during the raid.