The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Bauchi State Command has intercepted 1,360 rounds of live ammunition of 7.6mm caliber during a patrol along Bauchi-Jos Road.
Mr Jonah Achema, Head of Public Affairs, NDLEA, in a statement made available to reporters, said that the ammunition was conveyed to Jos, Plateau State, by a commercial Vectra Car which carried seven passengers.
“Upon interrogation, two of the passengers, Dung Rwang and Dachollum Yohanna, admitted ownership of the ammunition and the magazine, which they neatly concealed in two sacks and kept in the boot of the vehicle. They were conveying the consignment from Numan in Adamawa State to certain buyers in Plateau State. The suspects have been unable to produce any official permit for the items.”
Achema stated that the suspects confessed that they had been into illegal arms dealing for some time, selling a piece of ammunition “for N500 only.”
“It is a business for us. Things are really hard in this country and we need to sell these items so that we can put food on the table for our families,” one of the suspects, Yohanna said.
The Bauchi State Commander, Mr Segun Kolawole-Oke, said that the suspects and exhibits would be handed over to the Bauchi State Police Command for further investigation.
According to him, “the origin of the arms and the destination are both areas with rampant misuse of weapons. We, therefore, cannot take this issue of arms trafficking lightly.”