A Nigerian Army personnel attached the Muhammadu Buhari Cantonment in Tungan-Maje in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has been arrested for allegedly supplying arms to bandits.
TNN gathered that the unnamed soldier was arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) last week around Dankogi Park in Zuba in collaboration with members of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria in the area.
Daily Trust reported that a vigilante source said that the DSS from Gwagwalada office sought the assistance of the local security group in Zuba to arrest the suspect based on previous arms deal allegations against him.
“It was learnt that the suspect, in the first deal, had allegedly hired out a gun for a kidnap operation for N300,000.
“Then in the second instance, they contacted him for another deal and he demanded N200,000 which the kidnappers allegedly paid, but he failed to produce the gun,” the paper quoted the Iigilante source as saying.
According to the source, when the kidnappers who had been in the DSS custody made the allegation against the soldier, a sting operation was planned against him; “So they contacted him for another deal to supply them with AK-47s to buy at the cost of N3 million.
“We went to the agreed site on the delivery day here in Zuba, and took position. He arrived at the scene in his car to present the arm, and that was the time we came out and caught him with the gun well wrapped.”
The source added that an AK-47 rifle, as well as a fully loaded magazine with 30 rounds of ammunition, was found inside one of the safe compartments of the suspect’s car when he was arrested.
The source added that “We drove him to our office where a document was signed with the DSS and handed him over to them.”