By Ismail Auwal
Zamfara State Police have paraded a woman suspected to be supplying weapons to the bandits terrorising the state.
According to the statement issued by the command, the woman was identified as Fatima Lawali. She was arrested on Thursday, October 25 at about 9.30 pm, at Kaura-Namoda Local Government Area, where she was found to be in possession of 991 rounds of live AK-47 ammunitions.
Fatima was transporting ammunitions from Dabagi village in Sokoto State to a notorious bandits’ kingpin named Ado Alero, who has been terrorizing Zamfara and neighboring states.
“On 25th October 2021 at about 0930hrs, Police Tactical Operatives of the Command in collaboration with FIB/STS led by DSP Hussaini Gimba on Tactical Operations in the state, arrested one Fatima Lawali, F, a native of K/Namoda LGA of Zamfara State,” the police commissioner said.
“Fatima specialised in supplying arms and ammunition to Bandits in Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi, Kaduna, Katsina, and Niger states.
“The suspect was arrested at Gada Biyu area, under Bungudu LGA with nine hundred and ninety-one (991) rounds of AK-47 live ammunition conveying from Dabagi Village in Sokoto State to be delivered to a notorious bandits’ kingpin called Ado Alero who has been terrorising Zamfara and neighbouring states.”
Speaking further, the police boss noted that the Police Tactical Operatives carried out tactical operations at different bandit enclaves in the state following interrogations of the woman and other suspects arrested.
The operations led to a serious gun battle with the bandits where unspecified number of bandits were fatally injured while others escaped with possible gunshot wounds.