The Enugu State Police have caught one Alhaji Samaila Garuba for allegedly supplying weapons to Fulani herdsmen terrorising the state.
Mr. Ebere Amaraizu who is the spokesperson of the Enugu state police command said Garuba was implicated by a herdsman, Ibrahim Adamu, who was nabbed with an AK-47 in the Udi area of Enugu on August 29. On interrogation, Adamu revealed that Garuba was the one who supplied the weapon to him.
Different communities in Enugu state has been terrorised in recent past by killer herdsmen wielding sophisticated weapons, with news of attack on humans and farmlands renting the air.
According to the police spokesman, the police had been on the trail of Garuba since Adamu was arrested. He was eventually apprehended at a motor park on Tuesday, December 6.
“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.”
The spokesperson added that the suspect is providing useful information to the police.
Adamu who implicated Garuba is a native of Nasarawa State and was arrested with an AK-47 assault rifle and 24 rounds of live ammunition in a bush in Affa community. He reared his cattle in communities within the Udi environs but lived at Hausa Quarters in the 9th Mile Area.