- A suspected gunrunner, Samson Salau, has been arrested in Minna, Niger state capital
- The suspect reportedly confessed to selling dangerous weapons, including AK-47 guns, to armed robbers and bandits
- Salau, however, promised to cooperate with the police to track down and arrest those who buy the weapons from him
Samson Salau, a suspected gunrunner from Plateau state, has reportedly confessed to selling dangerous weapons, including AK-47 guns, to armed robbers and bandits attacking some northern states.
PR Nigeria reports that Salau, in a video clip, confessed to the crimes while being interrogated by DSP Hassan Gimba Sule, the Minna sector commander of the Inspector General of Police (IGP)'s Special Tactical Squad.
The suspect, who spoke in Hausa, confessed that he has been involved in the criminal business for over three years.
Legit.ng gathered that the suspect was arrested in Minna, Niger state’s capital, and caught with two pistols and 46 bullets.
Salau reportedly identified one Zed in Jos as the person he usually supplied the weapons to.
His words: “After buying the AK-47, rounds of magazine, and pistols, I export and sell them to bandits and robbers in Niger, Kaduna, Zamfara, Katsina and Nasarawa states. I do buy a pistol for N90,000 and sell it for N120,000.
“In the last three years, I have purchased and sold about 100 AK-47 guns and 30 pistols. I bought and also sold about 2,000 to 10,000 rounds of magazines, and 2000 bullets.
“I normally buy a round of magazine for AK-47 for N300 and sell it N450. While I get a pack of bullets for pistols at N300. I then sell it for N400."
He has reportedly promised to cooperate with the police to track down and arrest those who buy the weapons from him.
In a related development, the Nigeria Police Force on Wednesday, January 8, arrested a 32-year-old suspected gunrunner, identified as Samuel Uche, in Mafoluku area of Oshodi in Lagos state.
Uche was arrested by detectives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) while on his way to sell two automatic revolver pistols to a notorious kidnapping and armed robbery gang.
The Lagos state commissioner of police, Hakeem Odumosu, said Uche has been on the force's watchlist for allegedly supplying various armed robbery gangs with arms.
Odumosu said Uche was tracked and arrested based on credible information made available to the police.
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