Three unidentified foreigners who have been supplying arms and ammunition to gunmen and other criminal groups operating in the North West region of Nigeria, have been arrested by the Nigerian Military on internal security operations in Sokoto State.
Major General John Enenche, Defence Headquarter’s spokesperson, said the suspects were profiled as Nigerians and were arrested with arms at Dantudu in Mailailai District of Sabon Birni LGA of Sokoto State.
He added that some of the security challenges in the country is caused by external influence. The weapons recovered from the foreigners include six AK-47 rifles, three AK-47 rifle magazines and 2,415 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition carefully concealed in various parts of their operational vehicle.
The suspects are currently undergoing preliminary investigation in military custody, after which they would be handed over to the relevant prosecuting agency.
“It, therefore, goes to show that some of the security challenges in the country have external influence. The suspects are currently in custody undergoing preliminary investigation before being handed over to the prosecuting agency.”