Police arrests herdsmen with sub-machine guns
Four herdsmen were arrested in Nasarawa for possessing sophisticated arms and ammunition, the Police Public Relations Officer of the Nigerian Police Command in the state, Michael Ada, said on Friday.
Ada said the items recovered from the suspects were a PMSG sub-machine gun, one locally made rifle and nine rounds of live ammunition.
He said that two of the suspects from Kwala Village in Quanpan Local Government Area of Plateau were arrested on 26 July, in Lafia by detectives attached to the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB).He said the arrest of the suspects followed suspicious behaviour exhibited by them.
He said that upon interrogation the suspects provided useful information leading to the arrest of two others, Tukur Usman and Hamza Tukur of Gada-Gwari village in the Kuje Area Council of FCT.
He said that the suspects confessed to being in possession two other rifles, which they buried in a farm at the boundary between Nasarawa and Plateau states.
“Based on the confessional statement, the police followed them to the location and recovered the weapons,” Ada said.
He said the suspects were being detained at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for further investigation to ascertain the source of the weapons and other possible accomplices.
The PPRO urged members of the public to always be vigilant and report any suspicious movements in their neighbourhood to security operatives for prompt action.