A man that was arrested by the operatives of the Niger State Police Command has told policemen during his interrogation that he makes the sum of N100,000 for every 500 bullets he supplies to bandits at their camps in three states.
The 31-year-old man whose name was given as Umar Shehu, was arrested by the command’s Tactical Team in collaboration with the FIB Squad during what the command described as a sting operation carried out at Dikko area of the state.
It was gathered that the man was arrested at Dikko junction, Gurara Local Government Area of the state based on intelligence reports gathered by the police operatives after he was discovered to be a notorious arms dealer who supplied ammunition to different bandits camps in Kaduna, Katsina and Niger states.
According to a statement by the state police command through its Public Relations Officer, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, during interrogation, the man was said to have confessed to supplying ammunition to bandits in the three states.
The statement reads;
“On 20/08/2022 at about 1700hrs, the Command tactical team based at Dikko junction in collaboration with FIB squad, during a sting operation at Dikko arrested one Umar Shehu aged 31yrs ‘m’ of Bakori, Funtua LGA of Katsina State.
“The suspect was arrested at Dikko Junction, Gurara LGA based on a credible intelligence, having identified and suspected him as a notorious arms dealer who supplies arms/ammunition to different bandits’ camps in Katsina, Kaduna and Niger State.
“During interrogation, he confessed to have supplied arms and ammunition to bandits in Madaki forest Katsina, Ganai camp in Maidaro forest Kaduna and a syndicate member terrorizing Kwamba/Maje area of Suleja.
“He confessed further to have purchased arms from Abdulmani ‘m’ of Taraba State who was neutralized in Kaduna by FIB squad early this year. He claimed that he got one hundred thousand naira from every 500 bullets (ammunition) he delivered to any bandit’s camp. Case under investigation.”