The operatives of the Department of State Security service, SSS, have reportedly raided a forest camp belonging to a network of seven armed bandits in Kaduna State, recovering some sophisticated weapons during the operation.
According to a report by PRNigeria, the operatives also arrested some gunrunners and masterminds of some major abduction, including that of students in Niger, Kaduna and Zamfara States.
An intelligence source told PRNigeria that security operatives eliminated some of the armed criminals after tracking them to a forest camp and engaged them in a ‘deadly’ gun battle at Birnin Gwari axis.
Some of the bandits escaped with gun wounds while notorious gunrunners were arrested during the clearance operation.
The source said: “During one of the latest intelligence operations, the secret service also recovered a general-purpose machine gun, rocket launcher, a rocket-propelled grenade, AK 47 rifles and magazines at Panbeguwa Town, Kubau Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
“The Arms were being moved by two suspected gunrunners namely, Idris Isma’il and Rabi’u Nasiru from Kurra, Barkin Ladi LGA in Plateau State to Birnin Gwari, Kaduna. One of the gunrunners was shot dead when he attempted to evade arrest.”
This is coming after a similar seizure in Ebonyi few weeks when Nigerian security forces bust arms stockpiles at Effium in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of the state and recovered similar sophisticated weapons.
When contacted, the spokesperson of DSS, Peter Afunanya stated that the Service has even achieved more operational successes across the country than the latest one.
He, therefore, assured that the service would continue to detect and prevent crimes against the internal security of the country.