Niger State Police Command said it arrested three suspected gun runners and recovered 567 different types of ammunition from them.
According to the Police, two of the suspects, Muhammadu Bello aged 32 and 30 years Nura Umar were arrested by a team of Police Safer Highway patrol on routine patrol along the Makera-Mokwa road.
During a parade of the suspects before journalists at the Command headquarters in Minna, the state capital, the state Police Commissioner, Mr. Monday Bala Kuryas said that the suspects have confessed to the crime.
Kuryas said the two suspects had refused to submit for the routine search when they were stopped by the police prompting the team chase them to Sabon Makera village where they abandon their vehicles and fled on foot.
With the support of the community who joined in the hot pursuit, the suspects were arrested and searching the vehicle, two AK-47 rifles, two AK-49 rifles, 16 magazines, 417 live ammunition of 7.63 calibres and 150 RPG live ammunition were discovered neatly concealed in one of the compartments.
When they were interrogated, Kuryas said the suspects confessed to have brought the arms all the way from Sokoto state for a buyer by the name, “Yellow” in Mokwa, Niger state.
The third suspect, 25 years Habib Sani was also arrested at Swashi village while trying to transport 14 locally fabricated rifles from Kanti village in Mashegu local Government Area to Guffanti in New-Bussa, Borgu Local Government Area of the state.
When a search was conducted on the vehicle, 14 locally fabricated guns comprised of six double-barrel and eight triple barrel guns were concealed inside a fairly used clothing sack.
Habib Sani also confessed that the consignment were given to him by a local fabricator by name, Bilya to deliver to one Bulus of Guffanti village.
Asked how much he was paid, Habib said they agreed on commission of N1,000 on each of the guns after successful delivery.
The Commissioner also hinted that efforts is ongoing to apprehend two other accomplices, Bilya and Bulus who are still at large as investigation into the cases continue.
The suspects would be charged to court as soon as the investigation is completed, the state police commissioner said.