Troops of Operation Forest Sanity have intercepted a large quantity of ammunition being conveyed to bandits.
The ammunition was intercepted around Polewire in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
According to a report forwarded to the Kaduna State Government, the troops followed up on credible intelligence around gunrunning activities, and in the course of diligent checks stopped a suspicious-looking vehicle within the location of interest.
Commissioner Internal security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan said in a statement issued that a search of the intercepted vehicle – a black Toyota Corolla – revealed more than 2,000 rounds of various grades of ammunition, concealed in different parts of the car.
He explained further that after a thorough search of the vehicle, the following precise quantities were recovered: 1,079 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, 886 rounds of 7.62mm belted ammunition and 139 rounds of 7.62mm tracer ammunition
He said five empty AK-47 magazines were also recovered.
Aruwan said the driver of the vehicle, one Aminu Abdullahi, is in custody for further investigation.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai noted that the report was received with satisfaction, and thanked the troops for their proactiveness in denying bandits a major supply of ammunition meant to mete out more destruction and suffering.