The police in Enugu have arrested a man who allegedly supplies AK-47 rifle to herdsmen.
The suspect, one Alhaji Samaila Garuba, alias Bakassi, who is from Shagari village in Sokoto State, was arrested in the 9th Mile area of Enugu on Tuesday morning.
Spokesman for the Enugu State Police Command, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, who disclosed this, said a herdsman, Ibrahim Adamu, who was arrested with an AK-47 in the Udi area of Enugu on August 29, implicated Garuba as the one who supplied the weapon to him.
Amaraizu added that the police had been on Garuba’s trail since Adamu’s arrest.
Garuba, according to the police spokesman, had been on the run, until he was arrested at a motor park on Tuesday morning.
Amaraizu said, “The Enugu State Command of the Nigeria Police Force through its operatives of the 9th Mile Division, today, 6th December, 2016, nabbed a suspected notorious gun runner who allegedly supplied AK-47 rifle to one herdsman, Ibrahim Adamu, earlier arrested by the Command.
“Suspect who gave his name as one Alhaji Samaila Garuba, aka Bakassi, was earlier implicated by Ibrahim Adamu as the one that sold the AK-47 rifle to him.
“Garuba escaped when he got the information about the arrest of Ibrahim Adamu.
“His luck however ran out when intelligence information by the operatives paid off as he was trailed to a motor park situated at 9th Mile in Enugu early this morning, where he was nabbed after several efforts by him to escape.”
Amaraizu added that Garuba is currently helping the police in investigations into his “nefarious” activities.
The herdsman that implicated Garuba, Adamu, a 20-year-old man from Nasarawa State, was earlier arrested with an AK-47 assault rifle and 24 rounds of live ammunition in a bush in Affa community in the Udi area of Enugu State.
Until his arrest, Adamu resided at Hausa Quarters in the 9th Mile Area of Enugu State, but rears cattle in communities within the Udi environs.
Adamu had tried to evade arrest by firing several shots into the air, before the police took him into custody.
Many communities in Enugu State have recorded violent attacks by herdsmen, in which several persons have lost their lives.