Troops of 1 Division of the Nigerian Army and operatives of the Department of State Service, DSS, have arrested two suspected illegal arms dealers along Funtua-Gusau road in Zamfara on Sunday.
Army spokesman, Sani Usman said in a statement on that preliminary investigation showed that the suspects were on their way to deliver ammunition to armed bandits.
Mr Usman said that they were caught driving a Golf Volkswagen car with registration “number AWE-534-AA (Nasarawa) containing 1,479 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition.”
According to him, the suspects are in custody of DSS.
Mr Usman, a Brigadier General, said that troops deployed at Dangulbi in Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara also arrested three armed bandits while on routine patrol.
“The team recovered one AK-47 rifle magazine, 40 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, N45,500, Nokia mobile telephone handset battery and three Airtel SIM cards,” he said.
In a related development, he said the troops also arrested a suspected cattle rustler, Abdullahi Jummo Nakogiwo, at Dalingen in Rabah Local Government Area of Sokoto State