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Ex-Army Officer Arrested For Firearms Possession In Zamfara

The suspect planned to convey the said exhibits from Loko, Nasarawa State, to his customer, one Dogo Hamza in Tsafe, Northwest Nigeria.

The state police command in Zamfara, Northwest Nigeria, arrested a former army officer for possession of illegal firearms on Wednesday, Aug. 31.

The officer, identified as ex-CP Sa’idu Lawal, 42, was apprehended after a police raid on Aug. 27 at about 4:30 p.m by the Police Tactical/Escort Team attached to the Police Commissioner of the State Command.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Zamfara State Command, Mohammed Shehu, weapons recovered include “1 AK-47 Rifle inscribed with Breech No. Q971987; 1 AK-49 Rifle with Breech No. 34-7094”.

Others are “200 7.6mm Rounds of Live Ammunition; 501 7.62X51mm rounds of GPMG (Grenade Propelled Machine Guns and Live Ammunition including the 8 Empty Magazines”.

Weapons and ammunition smuggled into Zamfara from Nasarawa and intercepted by the Nigeria Police.  Photo credit: Zamfara State Police Command. 

Shehu said that the suspect has been “a notorious kidnapper who specialises in armed robbery, kidnapping, gun running and other heinous crimes that have for long been disturbing the peace and security of Zamfara State and neighbouring Katsina, Kaduna, Niger, Kebbi and Sokoto states.”

The suspect is an ex-service officer of the Nigerian army attached to 73 Battalion Janguza Army Barracks Kano.

“He was to convey the said exhibits from Loko LGA of Nasarawa State to his customer, one Dogo Hamza of Bacha village in Tsafe LGA of Zamfara State,” Shehu added.

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