The Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, has ordered security operatives to probe the circumstances that led to the recovery of five locally-made AK47 and ammunition in a crashed car in the state.
Five locally-made AK47 and ammunition were recovered from an Audi Salon car at the scene of an auto accident which claimed three lives with four people injured, according to the Federal Road Safety Corps’ Head of Operations, Kaduna Sector Command, Mr. Salisu Galadunci.
Galadunci, who confirmed the accident, said it occurred at Mazuga Village, 10 kilometres away from Kachia-Kafanchan Road on Friday.
However, not taking chances considering the volatile nature of the state, the newly-elevated Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to el-Rufai, Samuel Aruwan, said the government had ordered a thorough investigation into the matter.
El-Rufai’s spokesman said government had received reports of the briefings from the Kaduna Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps and found it expedient to order the relevant agency to immediately commence investigation.
According to Aruwan, following the briefing, security agencies were charged to ensure thorough investigation and subsequent prosecution of the culprit.
Aruwan said in the statement which read in part, “On 15th May, 2017, the Kaduna State Government received a brief from the Kaduna State Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps on the discovery of weapons in a car that had been involved in an accident. The government has, therefore, directed a thorough investigation of the matter.
“According to the Sector Head of Operation, Salisu Galadanci, the FRSC on 12th May, 2017 at about 16.07 hours received information of an accident at Mazuga, KM10, Kachia-Kafanchan Road and it quickly proceeded to the scene to rescue the victims.
“On reaching the scene, some people around the area had already started helping by bringing the victims out from the crashed vehicles. Two vehicles were involved, an Audi Salon car AG 60MKR, and one Opel Vectra without registration. Of the seven persons involved in the accident, three died while four persons were rescued. Five locally-made AK47 rifles and a magazine were also recovered from the Audi car.
“The driver of the Audi, Mr. Sabo Goni, was among the rescued accident victims. All the victims were rushed to Kachia General Hospital.
“The Kachia Divisional Police Officer, Faruk Umar, was alerted about the discovery of five rifles in the Audi car. The recovered arms have since been handed over to Kachia DPO for further investigation.”
The statement also noted that the Kaduna State Government commended Mazuga community for reporting the matter to security agencies and for preserving the recovered arms till the arrival of security agents.