The Oasis Reporters
February 7, 2018
Security analysts are wondering if the arms found on a gun runner arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Jigawa, heading to Benue state would be the caliber of weapons used in the despicable ethnic cleansing ongoing in Benue state and the entire middle belt.
Or even if such feeble weapons can withstand the firepower displayed in open videos by Fulani herdsmen militia.
The deputy commander of NDLEA in Jigawa, Oko Michael, revealed this to journalists on Tuesday at Dutse, the state capital.
Mr. Oko said operatives of NDLEA were on normal operation around Jahun – Gujungu Road where the suspect was arrested.
“The suspect, identified as Salisu Mahmuda was arrested on Sunday 4, February, 2018 with some three locally fabricated firearms (2 locally made revolver pistol, one cut to size revolver rifle) with five-rounds of live ammunition,” he said.
According to NDLEA, the suspect and the items recovered will soon be transferred to the state police command for further investigation.
The suspect, Salisu Mahmuda, said he is an indigene of Kaduna state. He attended a school in Nasarawa where he later became involved collection of discarded metals between Nasarawa and Benue state.
He said two men of Tiv and Fulani ethnic nationalities respectively, ordered for firearms, and he eventually found someone who fabricated the arms for him in Labara village in Kano.
“I am able to come down here through a friend of mine whom we schooled together in Nasarawa. He is the one that led me to the man that manufactured the firearms in Laraba village,” he said.
Man arrested with firearms heading to Benue state. Man arrested with firearms heading to Benue state.
Videos made by Fulani herdsmen militia currently in circulation show military caliber weapons grade and the ones allegedly seen with Mahmuda look like cold comfort.