A former soldier is currently in the custody of police operatives in Zamfara State.
This former soldier and the notorious bandit is reported to be a supplier of arms to terrorists in the state.
His name was given as Sa’idu Lawal, and he is a native of Zamfara State who voluntarily retired from the Nigerian Army in 2021.
His arrest was effected by troops along the Kaduna-Abuja highway while on his way to supply weapons to a notorious bandit leader terrorising communities in Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara State, Dogo Hamza.
The Zamfara State Police Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Shehu made this known in a recent statement that reads;
“On 27th August 2022 at about 1730hrs, the Police Tactical/Escort Team attached to the Commissioner of Police Zamfara State Police Command, CP Kolo Yusuf acted on actionable intelligence that led to the arrest of the above-named suspect who was ex-service personnel of the Nigeria Army attached to 73 Battalion Janguza Army Barracks Kano. The suspect was intercepted with a Pontiac Vibe vehicle with registration number KRD 686 CY Lagos, along Abuja – Kaduna enroute Zamfara State. A search was conducted on the spot and the above-mentioned exhibits were recovered in his possession
In the course interrogation, the suspect confessed that he was to convey the said exhibits from Loko LGA of Nasarawa State to his customer one Dogo Hamza ‘M’ of Bacha village in Tsafe LGA of Zamfara State.
The forty-one-year-old suspect said he was paid N200,000 per trip and has collected N300,000 from his accomplice. Two AK-47 rifles, eight magazines, 501 live ammunition, and a Pontiac vehicle were recovered from him.”