– The NDLEA has arrested a two-man gang of gun dealers in Niger state
– The suspects were with 12 AK-47 and 15 pistols fabricated locally
– Official reports from the agency said the gang was arrested on Monday, March 1
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Although the Niger government has not released an official statement announcing the arrest of kidnappers who abducted the Kagara students, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has impounded some guns from suspects in the state.
According to the head of NDLEA’s command in Niger, Aloye Isaac Oludare, the suspects, Danjuma Auta and Daniel Danrang were arrested on Monday, March 1, along the Kontagora- Zuru road, TVC News reports.
Oludare revealed that the gun dealers were caught with 12 AK 47 rifles and 15 pistols.
The NDLEA boss in Niger said that the duo hid the weapons in a sack bag and was attempting to take them to a secret destination when they were caught.
“Kontagora where the weapons were seized is about 107 kilometers from Kagara, a town in Niger State where there have been mass abductions of women, children and secondary school students in the last one month.
“Preliminary investigation shows that the fabricator of the weapons resides in Kamfaninwaya, not far away from Kontagora, while one of the pistols is fully loaded.”
Meanwhile, there were claims that students and others abducted by gunmen from government Science College Kagara were swapped with arrested bandits.
This came about after days of negotiation between the government and bandits. The kidnapped who were released to a team of police and other security agents around 7am on Saturday, February 27, were received by Governor Abubakar Sani Bello.
The criminals were said to have demanded the release of six members of their group arrested at different times by security agents. Two of the persons identified were released to the bandits before the students were set free.
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