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… Arrest Retired DSP, Corporal
FROM IGNATIUS OKPARA, Enugu
Three persons, including a retired Deputy Superintendent of Police, DSP, and a serving corporal have been apprehended by the Army in Nsukka, for illegal trafficking of arms and ammunition.
The retired police DSP, identified as Abu Haruna, corporal Solomon, and Onuwa Attaka, who drove the vehicle in which they were conveying the arms were arrested on Friday.
African Examiner gathered that the suspects allegedly confessed their involvement in supplying arms to Boko Haram insurgents in the Northern part of the country.
The three suspects were heading to the North from Imo State in a bus when they were intercepted in Nsukka by officers and men of the Nigerian Army who were carrying out a stop and check exercise.
Recovered from them were, 40 AK47 magazines, 4 boxes of AK47 live ammunition, 100 pieces of live cartridges, one piece of Denin Mopol khaki and charms concealed in a cap.
One of the army officers who spoke under anonymity said that the arrested corporal is serving in Imo State Police Command.
“When we asked the occupants of the vehicle to come down, we discovered a police corporal in uniform among them.
“The corporal on getting down, pretended to be pressed; but he later ran away”
The retired DSP, Haruna, confessed that he had been in the business of arms dealing since he retired from the police force.
He said their mission was to supply the ammunition to their buyer in Taraba State.
Haruna further confessed that they decided to go on the supply after the buyer complained that the first batch was incomplete.
Our correspondent learnt that the suspects have been transfered to the state CID in Enugu.
Meanwhile, the Nsukka Area police Commander, Ros-Amson Haladu, has applauded the gallantry of the soldiers in combating crimes in the area.
He said “I want to commend the Army Officers for their vigilance in tracking down these illegal arms dealers.
“At the same time, I warn criminals to leave this vicinity or risk being apprehended by security operatives”, he stated
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