Retired Soldier Caught Helping Bandits With Weapons

A former soldier and infamous bandit who also provides weapons to terrorists in the northwest state of Zamfara has been apprehended by police.

Sa’idu Lawal, the suspect, is alleged to have terrorized localities in the states of Niger, Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, and Kaduna.

Zamfara State native Sa’idu Lawal, who voluntarily left the Nigerian Army in 2021, has been giving weapons to criminals in the North West.

On his route to deliver guns to Dogo Hamza, a known bandit commander who terrorizes people in Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara State, he was detained by military on the Kaduna-Abuja highway.

The police Tactical Squad and escort team attached to the Zamfara State Commissioner of police received actionable intelligence, according to Mohammed Shehu, the police Public Relations Officer, who was parading the suspect in Gusau, the capital of Zamfara State.

The above-named suspect, an ex-service member of the Nigerian Army stationed at the 73 Battalion Janguza Army Barracks Kano, was apprehended by the police Tactical/Escort Team attached to the Commissioner of police Zamfara State police Command, CP Kolo Yusuf, on August 27, 2022, at around 1730 hours. The man was stopped while traveling from Abuja to Kaduna in a Pontiac Vibe with the registration KRD 686 CY Lagos. The aforementioned exhibits were discovered in his possession after an on-site search.

Shehu continued, “During questioning, the suspect admitted that he was supposed to deliver the aforementioned exhibits from Loko LGA in Nasarawa State to his customer one Dogo Hamza ‘M’ of Bacha village in Tsafe LGA in Zamfara State. Additionally, the suspect admitted that he had earlier given the same consignment to his other clients in the states of Kaduna, Katsina, Niger, and Kebbi, respectively.

The defendant, Sa’idu, who admitted to the crime, claimed that he was apprehended while moving two AK-47 weapons and other ammunition from Nasarawa State to Zamfara State along the Kaduna-Abuja Expressway.

The suspect, who is 41 years old, claimed to receive N200,000 per journey and to have collected N300,000 from his partner.

He was found to be in possession of two AK-47 rifles, eight magazines, 501 rounds of live ammo, and a Pontiac car.

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