Two men have been apprehended by men of the Karasuwa Divisional Police Station in Yobe State for allegedly supplying bandits with arms and ammunition.
It was gathered that the police caught the suspects in possession of a rocket launcher.
Disclosing this, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Yobe State Command, DSP Dungus Abdulkarim, in a statement made available to newsmen identified the suspects as Hassan Abubakar, 35, and Abubakar Shehu, 32.
The PPRO said, “The first suspect, Hassan Abubakar, was arrested while driving an 18-seater bus in Karasuwa on a mission to collect RPMG. He was intercepted after collecting the mortar.
“The first suspect confessed that the second suspect, Abubakar Shehu, was a bandits’ courier in Zamfara State and was trailed and arrested in Maradun by Police Detectives from Yobe state command.”
He added that the suspects are allegedly supplying firearms to bandits in Zamfara, Kano, Niger, Zaria, and Yobe states among others.
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DSP Abdulkarim further disclosed that, investigation is ongoing as the suspects are fully cooperating.
“Commissioner of Police Garba Ahmad has pledged to sustain the tempo thereby encouraging officers and men of the Command to do more,” he said.
Meawhile, personnel of the joint task force codenamed Operation Hadarin-Daji have rescued six female students of Federal University, Gusau, abducted in the early hours of Friday.
The Information Officer of the task force, Captain Ibrahim Yahaya, confirmed this development on Friday.
The rescue operation was in response to the reported abduction of an unspecified number of female students from their rented hostels at Sabon-Gida, a few metres away from the university campus, located on the outskirts of the Zamfara State capital.
According to Yahaya, the troops pursued the abductors of the students into the forest and engaged them in a gun duel, supported by the air component of the Nigerian Air Force.
He further stated that several bandits were neutralised during the rescue effort, which, he said, is still ongoing.
“The troops also recovered one AK-47, a magazine, four motorcycles, and one communication gadget from the terrorists,” he stated.