Niger police recover 3 AK-47 rifles from Fulani man

The police in Niger sate have recovered three AK-47 rifles from a gang of cattle rustlers led by a Fulani man identified as Tukur Ibrahim who specialised in using military camouflage uniforms to operate in Mashegu area of the state. Ibrahim, and one of his gang members, Tambaya Bello, was paraded along with 17 other criminal suspects yesterday in Minna by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Command, ASP Mohammed Inna Abubakar. The PPRO said the suspects were arrested after gun battle in various locations, adding that Ibrahim nabbed in a place called Fulani camp in Lefu village of Mashegu local government of the state.

He explained that eight rounds of ammunition, two empty magazines, Army uniform and a number of animals including cattle were also recovered from Ibrahim. Speaking in an interview with journalists, Tukur Ibrahim said he got the military uniform and fi re-arms from one Alhaji who is now on the run. In a related development, a gang of kidnappers operating in Fulani settlement camp, pure water village in Mashegu local government of the state also met its waterloo after collecting N500, 000 from a victim. The PPRO said two members of the gang identifi ed as Ali Mohammed and Isiya Hassan got into police net after sharing the ransom, adding that the sum of N170, 000 being part of their share of the ransom was recovered from the suspects.

Abubakar explained that the gang had kidnapped one Umaru Alhaji Manu and collected the ransom before it ran into troubled waters. He said five locally made pistols and fifteen cartridges were also recovered from the suspects. He expressed the determination of the state Commissioner of Police, D. P. Yakadi, to rid the state of criminal elements, appealing for the cooperation of the public in volunteering useful information on the hideout of the criminals.

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