My Uncle Gave Me Guns For Safe Keeping, Suspect Says
The way guns fly about in Nigeria, one will wonder if someone is preparing for war.
Easy access to guns has fueled attacks by herdsmen and other bandits on local farmers and communities, security analysts have said.
One state that has suffered from the negative impact of arms proliferation is Nasarawa, with several herdsmen attacks of recent.
On Friday, the Nigerian Army said it arrested a man with arms and ammunition during a stop and search operation at a checkpoint.
Troops of the Guards Brigade deployed to Mararaba, Nasarawa State for internal security operations made the arrest on Thursday, a statement by the spokesman for the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Sani Usman, said.
He gave the suspect’s name as Peter Iorlaha.
Iorlaha was arrested with a bag containing two locally made pistols, one locally made short gun, two rounds of 7.62mm (Special), five live cartridges, two torch lights, a screw-driver, charms and a Tecno mobile handset, the army spokesman said.
“During preliminary investigation, the suspect revealed that the weapons and other items were handed over to him by his uncle for safe keeping.
“The suspect is currently under interrogation,” Usman said.