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Police arrest suspected bandit ‘errand boy’ in Kaduna

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Police arrest suspected bandit ‘errand boy’ in Kaduna

Police said Tuesday that they arrested a suspect for allegedly serving as “errand boy” for some bandits in the north-east and north-central parts of the country.

The Force’s public relations officer, Frank Mba, revealed this at a press conference in Abuja.

He said the suspect was arrested on November 10 in Saminaka, Kaduna state, while he was transporting 250 rounds of live ammunition and five AK-47 magazines to some bandits in Niger state.

“The suspect works with some bandits and his task is to transport weapons from the suppliers to the bandits.

“He operates a Volkswagen Golf 3 Salon car, bought for him by one of the bandits with the agreement that he will take possession of the car at the time of the delivery of weapons five times,” he said.

Mba said agents were stepping up efforts to arrest all suspects in connection with the deal.

He said that six alleged members of a car theft gang had also been arrested by agents of the Police Special Tactical Squad, STS.

According to him, the suspects work in a coordinated manner, stealing cars from different parts of Nigeria and smuggling them into the Republic of Niger.

He said the gang has a reserve buyer in the Republic of Niger who works on the cars, if necessary, and maintains them for more economic value before sending them back to Nigeria for sale.

He added that the car buyer in the Republic of Niger is also an arms dealer and therefore pays for cars in cash or by exchanging them for weapons.

According to him, the Nigerian police are working with INTERPOL to ensure the arrest of the suspect in the Republic of Niger.

He said the suspects were among 32 suspects arrested by police for banditry, murder, illegal possession of weapons, drug trafficking and other heinous crimes.

He said 19 AK-47 rifles, three revolver pistols, two G-3 rifles, a submachine gun, a general-purpose machine gun and different types of knives were recovered from the suspects.

Mr. Mba added that other items recovered from the suspects were 17 vehicles of different types and a total of 453 rounds of live ammunition.

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