Police Patrol team attached to Safer Highway Plateau State Command have arrested some suspected illegal arms merchants.
NigeriaCrime.com gathered that the team intercepted a Gold coloured Honda Accord car with Reg NO. KNK 329 AA driven by Gwong Gyang alongside Reto Dagwi both ‘of Shen Du Jos South LGA on 17 January 2023 at about 6: 40 am while on routine patrol operation, along Shen- Bukuru Road Jos South LGA.
“When the vehicle was thoroughly searched, 200 pieces of G3 live ammunition (7.62x51mm), 80 pieces of AK 47 live ammunition (7.62mm), 56 pieces of type 06 live ammunition, and one empty magazine were found in the vehicle hence, the suspects were arrested.
Speaking on the arrest, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Bartholomew Onyeka said during interrogation, the suspects disclosed that Dajah (Surname yet known) way billed the ammunition to them through a commercial driver from Maiduguri to Jos. They also mentioned Gideon (Surname yet unknown) of Bokkos LGA as the middleman between them and Dajah.”
“The suspects further confessed that Caleb Katwal and Irimiya Dalek, both males of Kunet Barah Bokkos LGA Sometime in December 2022, received a G3 rifle facilitated by the same Dajah.
Based on the strength of their confessions, Caleb Katwal and Irimiya Dalek were traced to Kunet Barah, Bokkos LGA, and arrested, and the alleged G3 rifle was recovered from them. Efforts are on to apprehend all suspects associated with the arms deal.”
CP Bartholomew Onyeka further stated that two suspected car snatchers were also arrested stressing, on January 20, 2023, at about 2:50 pm, while operatives of the Eagle Eye Patrol Team of the Command led by Asp Taiwo Bamidele, were on routine patrol operation.
Based on the information, Eagle Eye operatives raced to the scene and arrested Uche Matthew, aged and Michael Okoro, of Sabon Tasha, Kaduna State.
In the course of the investigation, it was established that the suspects are members of a car snatching syndicate who specialised in ransacking vehicles of unsuspecting members of the public parking in unsecured public spaces. “Exhibits recovered from the suspects include one Lexus 300 jeep.
Efforts are on top gear to apprehend other members of the gang. Meanwhile, the investigation is still in progress.
Defending their actions, some of the suspects said they procured the arms to protect themselves against raging insecurity in their communities.
The suspects, from Jos South and Bokkos local government area of the State, said their communities have been serially attacked and residents killed without any arrest nor punishment to perpetrators hence the need for them to get arms for self-defense.