- A major breakthrough has been recorded in the fight against banditry by the security agencies
- A supplier of motorcycles to the terrorist groups have been apprehended by operatives of the Nigeria Police Force
- The suspect was arrested in Kano state from where he allegedly ships the motorcycles to the bandits in Zamfara
The Kano state police command has arrested a man for allegedly supplying motorcycles to bandits operating in Zamfara state.
Kano police command spokesperson, DSP Abdullahi Kiyawa, told BBC Hausa Service that the man was arrested in the state where he allegedly bought motorcycles to be taken to Zamfara.
He said during the investigation, the man confessed to selling about 100 motorcycles to gunmen, for more than N600,000 each.
The police spokesman, however, failed to mention the name of the man or give any further information about him.
Kano is not known to suffer any banditry attacks but Zamfara has been the epicenter of the terrorist gangs.
Premium Times quoted the police spokesman as saying:
“When they buy it in Kano, they change the cover of the motorcycle box and take it to the forest where they assemble it for attacking innocent citizens.”
Meanwhile, the Zamfara state police command has redeployed its Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Kaura-Namoda following allegations of conniving with bandits terrorising the area.
Mohammed Shehu, the command’s spokesman, in a statement on Monday, March 16 announced the transfer of the unnamed DPO.
Before the transfer, residents in the area had accused the DPO of working with bandits to terrorise their area.
Meanwhile, Nigeria's National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno (rtd) has restated that the federal government won't negotiate with bandits.
Monguno made the comment on Thursday, March 11 during an interaction with State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.