The Department of State Services (DSS) says it has intercepted criminal suspects at various locations in the country.
Among them are members of a six-member gang who were held at Gegu Beki, along the Lokoja-Abuja Road in Kogi State.
The gang members are a retired Colonel, AU Suleiman; a lawyer, M.K Aminu; Kabir Abdullahi, Isah Umar, Kadir Echi, and Adama Abdulkarim.
Items recovered from them are one pump action rifle; four cartridges; one AK47 empty shell and N11,030.
DSS spokesman, Dr Peter Afunanya, who explained that the interception followed a joint operation carried out with sister security agencies in Kogi State yesterday, added that arrests were also made in Abuja, Adamawa, and Plateau states.
In a statement, Afunanya said: “Yesterday, 25th March 2023, service operatives apprehended 20-year-old suspected notorious kidnapper, Haruna Adamu at Fotta village in Gombi LGA, Adamawa State. At the point of arrest, one (1) AK-47 rifle, one (1) magazine, and four (4) rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition were recovered from the suspect.
“On 23rd March 2023, one Aminu Ibrahim, a suspected gunrunner was arrested along Kubwa Expressway, Abuja by the service operatives while on his way from Nasarawa State to deliver 432 rounds of 7.62 x39mm calibre ammunition concealed in a four-liter gallon of palm oil to a bandit in Niger State.
“The sum of N21,400 was also recovered from the suspect.
”Earlier on 22nd March 2023, Babangida Ibrahim, an arms courier to bandits in Zamfara State was apprehended along Bukuru in Jos South LGA, Plateau State. Recovered from him were 468 rounds of 7.62 x 39mm ammunition and N21, 090.
“All the suspects have been taken into custody and will be prosecuted accordingly. Meanwhile, the service and relevant security agencies are carrying out further investigations into related matters in parts of the country.
”It should be noted that the service will continue to collaborate with appropriate stakeholders to curb crime in the country. Members of the public are enjoined to avail the agencies relevant information for counter actions against criminal and subversive elements”.