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Published On: Mon, Jul 28th, 2014

Communal clashes: Civil defence officer arrested for firearms dealing

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NSCDC BossBy Joy Baba

Detectives of the Nigeria Police attached to Niger state Police Command on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 arrested an officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), over his involvement in illegal dealings in arms and ammunition.

The suspect, 33 years old ASC Idris Sa’idu, an indigene of Maje village, Lapai local government area of Niger state and currently serving at NSCDC headquarters, Minna, was arrested at Fadikpe Area of Chachanga local government area of the state following a tip-off from a patriotic Nigerian.

A statement, signed by the Force Public relations Officer, ACP Frank Mbah said two  (2) AK-47 rifles and a large chunk of ammunition were also  recovered from his possession.

Mbah said Sa’idu’s statement to the Police revealed that he bought the arms and ammunition as part of his personal contribution to his maternal community who are presently engaged in communal crisis with the Fulani in Taraba state, adding that his action clearly intends to fuel communal tension and strife within the state.

The statement further said the suspect, who has given useful information to the Police that will lead to the arrest of his accomplices, will be arraigned in court as soon as investigation into the case is completed.

The Police spokesman said the Inspector-General of Police, (IGP) Mohammed Abubakar, while commending the member of the public whose information led to the arrest of the suspect, enjoins other citizens to emulate this patriotic act and support the security Forces with credible information in their effort at making Nigeria safer for all.

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