Troops of Operation Forest Sanity have prevented a large consignment of ammunition from being delivered to bandits by intercepting it around Polewire in Birnin Gwari local government area of Kaduna State. The troops acted on credible intelligence reports of gunrunning activities and stopped a suspicious-looking vehicle, a black Toyota Corolla, in the location of interest.
The vehicle was found to contain more than 2,000 rounds of various grades of ammunition, including 1,079 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, 886 rounds of 7.62mm belted ammunition, and 139 rounds of 7.62mm tracer ammunition, concealed in different parts of the car. Additionally, five empty AK-47 magazines were also recovered.
The driver of the vehicle, Aminu Abdullahi, was taken into custody for further investigation. Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai expressed satisfaction with the report and commended the troops for their proactive efforts in denying bandits a major supply of ammunition that could have led to more destruction and suffering. He thanked the General Officer Commanding, 1 Division, Major General T.A. Lagbaja, for the notable breakthrough recorded.
The interception of the arms shipment is a significant boost to the fight against banditry and other criminal activities in Kaduna State. It underscores the determination of the state government and security forces to dismantle gunrunning networks and prevent the proliferation of arms and ammunition in the hands of criminals.