Troops of Operations Whirl Stroke operating in Benue , Nasarawa and Taraba States have arrested 19 suspects in different parts of Benue and Nasarawa States for various offences bothering on armed banditry , kidnapping and weapons supply.
Parading the suspects at Tactical Air Command , Nigeria Air force , Makurdi on Saturday, the Force Commander of OPWS , Major General Adeyemi Yekini said that 13 of the suspects were arrested in Gboko and Katsina – Ala areas of Benue State .
General Yekini specifically identified Dauda Atara and Andrew Imbwase aka Don Moji as major armourers and suppliers of weapons to Benue ’ s most -wanted kingpin, Terwase Akwaza (aka Gana) .
Speaking to newsmen , suspected arms supplier , Andrew Imbwase aka Don Moji admitted that he was arrested for illegally supplying arms and ammunition
He said , “ I was contracted to supply weapons and I contacted somebody in Shendam Local Government Area of Plateau State.
“ The last time , I supplied 2000 ammunitions to politicians in Gboko and I got my supply through ( one ) Dauda Atara , who is my friend . I am the one who led the army to his house in North Bank after l was arrested .
“ I know Gana ( wanted crime kingpin) and I supplied weapons to him through one of my maternal uncles who spoke to me about him . I have been in the business of weapons supply before the introduction of the amnesty programme by Governor Samuel Ortom. I was working with one of my late brothers .
“ Later on , I committed a crime in which I was taken into custody for a very long time. So when the last general election was around the corner, I was brought out to come and assist some politicians . I collected three AK 47 rifles and ammunitions from Dauda which I used throughout the elections period ” , he said .
The other suspect , Atara Dauda said that he supplied weapons and ammunition to both Gana and Don Moji .
“ What Don Moji said is true because I was the one that gave him all the guns and ammunition . It was not even three AK47 that we gave out to politicians but four . I supplied weapons to Gana but at a time l stopped because he ( Gana) wanted me to join his gang but I refused. I have been supplying guns to Gana since 2014 .
“ I also supplied 2000 ammunitions to Moji and I got them from one Bala Igige in North Bank area of Makurdi ” , he confessed.
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