The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has apprehended 13 individuals for alleged unlawful possession of arms, explosives, and ammunition. This significant development, announced by the Corps Commandant General, Ahmed Audi, during a press briefing in Abuja, underscores the organization’s commitment to combatting crime and safeguarding public safety.
The arrests occurred in various locations across Nigeria, with some suspects implicated in the vandalism of public infrastructure. Among the apprehended individuals are five suspected of selling firearms and ammunition to bandits and kidnappers. Notable recoveries from these suspects include cash intended for the purchase of AK-47 ammunition, a vehicle, mobile phones, a knife, a wristwatch, and charms.
Another noteworthy arrest was that of John Ishaya, identified as a notorious criminal and ex-convict. Additionally, two individuals were caught transporting vandalized rail track slippers and tracks, highlighting the NSCDC’s efforts against infrastructure vandalism. Further south in Bayelsa, a group posing as private security guards was detained, with explosives and other items seized.
The capture of Jubril Abdullahi, found with a phone belonging to a kidnapped woman, further exemplifies the NSCDC’s resolve in tackling kidnapping and related crimes. The arrestees will undergo thorough investigation before facing legal proceedings, reaffirming the NSCDC’s role as the lead agency in protecting critical national assets and infrastructure.