Operatives of the Nasarawa State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested two suspects on the Keffi-Nasarawa Road for illegal possession of firearms.
This was disclosed by Onche-Odaudu, the NDLEA commander in the state, during a press conference in Lafia on Friday.
According to Onche-Odaudu, on October 28, 2023, officers from the agency’s Keffi Area Command on patrol on the Keffi-Nasarawa Road intercepted a commercial vehicle for a normal stop-and-search.
“During the search, two suspects, Abdulrahman Sani, 20 years old, and Ibrahim Usman, 20 years old, were apprehended while en route to Nasarawa-Toto. They were found in possession of a locally made pistol and one cartridge, concealed in a black polythene bag,” he said.
According to Onche-Odaudu, the suspects claimed they were given the firearm by a man named Sani in Tashan Yaro, Katsina State, with instructions to transfer it to a man named Babangida in Nasarawa Local Government Area, Nasarawa State.
The accused were told that Babangida would provide them with N200,000 to divide among themselves.
“They acknowledged that they were aware that the firearm in their possession was illegal,” he stated.
The state commander stated that the accused would be turned over to the police for further investigation and legal action.
Onche-Odaudu emphasized that the agency has a strong track record of cooperating with other security agencies and has regularly met its obligations.
“In support of this inter-agency collaboration, for example, between 2022 and 2023 alone, at least four suspects have been transferred from us to the Nigerian Police Force,” he added.