Ahead of the Eid-El-Kabir Celebrations, Abubakar Muhammad (aka Abu Direba), a suspected gunrunner has been apprehended in a joint security operation comprising the Department of State Services (DSS), Nigerian Army and Police in Nasarawa and Kogi States.

A statement by the Department of State Services Public Relations Officer Dr. Peter Afunanya on 22nd June 2023 said the operatives on 19th June 2023 combatted criminal hideout along the Abuja- Keffi Expressway in Keffi LGA of Nasarawa State and apprehended the suspects with different exhibits recovered.

He said “During the operation, the team seized the following insidious items:

  1. Four Hundred and Eighty-Six (486) rounds of 7.62 x39mm caliber ammunition;
  2. Twenty-Two (22) primed IEDs
  3. The sum of Thirty-One Thousand, Five Hundred naira (N31,500)
  4. One (1) Volkswagen Golf vehicle with registration number- RBC202XA.

“In another joint operation in the early hours of today, 22nd June 2023, a team raided the hideout of Kabir Bala (aka Okwo), one-time jailbreaker and notorious gang leader in Ejule, Ofu LGA of Kogi State. Okwo and his gang members engaged the troops in a gun duel during which he was neutralized. “Others, however, fled the area. Items recovered at the scene were one AK47 rifle with three (3) fully loaded magazines, six (6) locally fabricated weapons, two (2) phones, and charms.” The service therefore called on all to be vigilant during the Eid celebrations as plans to attack worship and recreational centers had been reported in the country.



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