30 August 2016
The police have arrested a 20-year-old herdsman, Ibrahim Adamumale, in Enugu for allegedly being in possession of an AK47 rifle.
The suspect, who claimed to have hailed from Nasarawa State, was also found with 24 rounds of live ammunition.
Spokesman of Enugu State Police Command, Mr Ebere Amaraizu, confirmed the arrest on Tuesday and said that the suspect, who lives at Hausa Quarters in “9th-mile’’ area of the state capital, and had some cows at Affa-Udi bush, was arrested on Sunday.
“The suspect was nabbed by the combined efforts of the police and members of the public from Affa-Udi community, acting on a tip off.
“The suspect, before he was nabbed, had expended about six shots in the air to evade arrest.
“Before now, the police and members of the public have gathered information about the suspect’s antecedents in relation to bearing of sophisticated weapons within Affa-Udi axis in Udi council area and its environs,’’ he said.
Amaraizu said that the suspect was already helping the police in their investigation to determine how he came about the rifle.
He said that the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr Emmanuel Ojukwu, had expressed delight at the efforts of his men and the community that led to the arrest of the suspect.
“The Commissioner has reassured that under his watch, he would continue to partner wigth relevant stakeholders and sister security agencies for a safe, secure and peaceful Enugu State,’’ Amaraizu said.