Troops of the Operation Thunder Strike, (OPTS), have recovered four AK47 rifles which were part of a stash belonging to the late bandit Nasiru Kachalla, in Kaduna State.
The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, disclosed this in a statement on Monday.
According to him, the weapons were recovered with the aid of local human intelligence sources.
The statement said: “It would be recalled that Nasiru Kachalla was killed late in December 2020, during a clash between his gang and a rival group of bandits, which occurred in a forest around the boundaries of Kajuru-Chikun local government.”
Mr Aruwan revealed that the clash was triggered by a dispute over a large herd of rustled cattle.
“Kachalla and his gang were involved in several crimes, including high-profile kidnappings, killings and banditry on the Kaduna-Abuja road and also in the Chikun-Kajuru general areas,” he added.
The spokesman quoted Governor Nasir El-Rufai who received the report with thanks, and commended the security operatives for recovering the weapons.
“He urged them to pursue all available leads towards exposing more arms caches used by bandits
“Efforts to recover more of such weapons are in progress,” he stressed.