By David Ochuma
Famous hunter, Malam Ali Kwara, has explained that information from a ‘boy’ led to the discovery of the 43 rifles and 1,117 ammunition hidden in the Lame/Burra forest in Ningi Local Government Area of Bauchi state.
Ali Kwara made the disclosure when Governor Bala Mohammad displayed the weapons at the Government House, Bauchi, on Wednesday.
He stated that the recovered guns were buried underground at the forest by bandits.
According to him, “There is an armed robber we have been trailing for long, he is involved in kidnapping in this area and he also operates in Taraba, Benue and Plateau.”
“He usually comes from Zamfara. The guns that you are seeing today, I got information from a boy that some strangers have smuggled arms into the state and that he took part in burying the guns. He took us to the forest, where we recovered the arms,’’ he said
“The weapons were recovered at Burra/Lame forest by the police in collaboration with the Ali Kwara team. They confiscated them from bandits who are now at large,” the Governor said while confirming what the hunter said.
“There are informants within and outside Bauchi that are helping us to do this,’’ he said.
The governor said that the feat was achieved following collaboration between the state government, Ali Kwara and the police.
He also said that the state would encourage community policing in order to identify bandits and armed robbers who migrated from other states to Bauchi, looking for safe haven.
Mohammed, however, vowed that there would be no hiding place for criminals in the state.
“We will now surrender the arms and ammunition to the Nigeria Police Force for custody.
Mohammed however urged the military to collaborate with the Ali Kwara team, adding that the state government was ready to support them in terms of mobility and logistics.