Police arrest 17 suspects ,recover arms in southern Kaduna

By Mohammad Tijjani

Kafanchan   –  The Nigerian Police, on Wednesday said that they have arrested 17 suspects and recovered different types of arms and ammunitions since it started a special operation in southern Kaduna State.

NAN reports that the special security outfit, tagged “Operation Harmony”, to restore lasting peace in southern Kaduna, was launched on Dec. 24.

The Deputy Inspector General (DIG) incharge of the operation, Mr Habila Joshak, paraded the suspects to newsmen in Kafanchan.

Joshak said the suspects were  all linked to the crisis.

The items recovered from the suspects included, six locally made AK-47 guns, four pump action guns, two revolver guns  and one single barret.

He also said 75 different of types of ammunitions and 13 cartridges were also recovered.

The DIG said N400,000 cash was recovered from two suspects who came from Niger State to purchase arms.

Joshak said the success was recorded through intelligence reports and good synergy of working relationship with other security agencies.

” The preparators of this crime must be brought to book and face the law.

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“Our mandate is to see that lasting peace is returned to the whole of southern Kaduna.”

He appealed to traditional rulers and religious leaders to preach peace to their people.

He also called on  Journalists to always be professional in their reporting.

“We are committed to bringing lasting peace to  the area and we urge the public to give the security operatives maximum cooperation to achieve that.”

Meanwhile, the  Chairman Jema’a Foundation, Malam Muhammad  Kassim has commended  the government and security operatives for bringing peace to the area.

Kassim noted that illegal road blocks had been dismantled and urged security  agencies  to maintain the tempo until lasting peace is achieved.

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