Three foreigners who have been supplying arms and ammunition to bandits and other criminal groups operating in the North West region of the country, have been arrested by soldiers on internal security operations in Sokoto State.
The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) spokesperson, Major General John Enenche said the suspects were profiled as Nigeriens and were arrested with arms at Dantudu in Mailailai District of Sabon Birni LGA of Sokoto State.
Weapons recovered from them 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.
It was further learnt that 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.”