The police in Enugu state seem to have made a breakthrough in taming the rising cases of Fulani herdsmen attacks with the arrest of one Alhaji Samaila Garuba AKA Bakassi, who specialises in selling AK-47 rifle to herdsmen.
Garuba who is from Shagari village in Sokoto State, was arrested in the 9th Mile area of Enugu on Tuesday morning.
At a press briefing, the public relations office for the Enugu State Police Command, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, disclosed the breakthrough came when a herdsman, Ibrahim Adamu, who was arrested with an AK-47 in the Udi area of Enugu on August 29, and confessed that Garuba was the one who supplied the weapon to him.
Amaraizu told journalists that since Adamu’s arrest, Garuba has been on the run, until he was arrested at a motor park on Tuesday morning.
“The Enugu State Command of the Nigeria Police Force through its operatives of the 9th Mile Division, today, 6th December, 2016, nabbed a suspected notorious gun runner who allegedly supplied AK-47 rifle to one herdsman, Ibrahim Adamu, earlier arrested by the Command.
“Suspect who gave his name as one Alhaji Samaila Garuba, aka Bakassi, was earlier implicated by Ibrahim Adamu as the one that sold the AK-47 rifle to him.
“Garuba escaped when he got the information about the arrest of Ibrahim Adamu.
“His luck however ran out when intelligence information by the operatives paid off as he was trailed to a motor park situated at 9th Mile in Enugu early this morning, where he was nabbed after several efforts by him to escape,” the police spokesman said.
Adamu, 20, is believed to be from from Nasarawa State, and resided at Hausa Quarters in the 9th Mile Area of Enugu State, but rears cattle in communities within the Udi environs.