6 March 2013

Nigeria: Army Recovers Cache of Arms in Kaduna

Photo: The Vanguard
Arms, ammunition

The Nigerian Army on Wednesday said it has recovered a cache of arms buried underground at a house in Kaduna.

The Commander, Internal Security Force of 1 Division, Nigerian Army, Brig. Gen. Tagbo Ude disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Kaduna.

Ude said several other weapons and explosives hidden in the house were also recovered, after a raid on Tuesday evening following intelligence report.

The commander said nine people, including two men, two women and five children were arrested at the house belonging to one Hussaini Dei-Dei, an Abuja-based politician.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the house is located near a military barrack, along Sabon Birni road, Kawo New Extension, Kaduna.

Some of the items recovered include 1,098 rounds of various ammunitions, six AK 47 rifles, 125 pieces of detonators, one light machine gun and one tear gas launcher.

Others are one FN rifle magazine, five sub-machine gun magazines, four pistols, one loaded light-machine gun magazine, and two reels of detonating cords.

The rest include 10 prepared improvised explosive devices, nine-volt batteries, three bags of white chemical substance, five pieces of remote control switches, one reel of firing cable and six car number plates.

" As a matter of fact, the explosive contents of this paint can bring down the whole of this headquarters (1Division head quarters)."

He said that the house would be demolished as soon as it was cleared of all explosives.

" Our normal process of demolishing the house is in progress. We are taking our time because we want to make sure that the general area is safe before we demolish it."

He reiterated the commitment of security agencies towards ensuring the safety of lives and property of all citizens.

Ude sought for more support from the general public, assuring that information received from them would be treated in strict confidentiality.(NAN)

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