The Nigerian Army says its troops have killed three suspected gunrunners as well as recovered their weapons in a border town in Sokoto State.
Army Spokesman, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima confirmed this in a statement on Wednesday.
Yerima said the suspects, who operated around the Sabo Birni area of the state were neutralised on Tuesday.
According to him, the operation followed credible information of gunrunners moving weapons on foot from the Niger Republic into Nigeria around 11 pm.
The army spokesman also said, “The highly vigilant troops mounted a successful ambush along the suspected route close to Garin Naimaimai Village and neutralised the three gunrunners.”
Items recovered include RPG bombs and RPG chargers, machine gun, AK-47 assault rifles and other accessories as well as the different calibre of assorted ammunition.
Reacting, the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Faruk Yahaya commended the efforts of the troops.
Yahaya also asked them to “sustain operation in dominating all the illegal routes around the border areas with Niger Republic to frustrate any movement of weapons and ammunition into the country.”