The Nigerian military has recovered sophisticated rifle displayed for sale by gun-runners in part of Taraba State, North East of the country.
Taraba State has been notorious for sustained bloodletting occasioned by farmers-herders clashes.
The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Brig-Gen. Sani Usman, on Wednesday, said the “troops of 93 Battalion, 13 Brigade, Nigerian Army, on exercise Ayem Akpatuma (Cat Race) deployed in Bantaje ward of Wukari Local Government Area (LGA) of Taraba State, while on patrol on Tuesday 20th February 2018, discovered a Pump action Rifle”.
Usman said that preliminary investigation has shown that the rifle was displayed for sale but was abandoned by the suspected gun runners, who ran away on sighting the troops on patrol in the area.
“It was further revealed that the suspects who are now at large, were involved in gun running in Bantaje general area,” he stated.
The Army Spokesperson advised the public especially the residents of the areas where Exercise Ayem Akpatuma is taking place, to continue to cooperate with the troops by providing useful information and to report any suspected movement by individual or group to the military or law enforcement agencies in their area.