The Police in Nasarawa State have arrested four herdsmen for being in possession of sophisticated arms and ammunition, the Police Public Relations Officer, Michael Ada, said on Friday in Lafia.
The items recovered from the suspects were a PMSG sub-machine gun, one locally made rifle, and nine rounds of live ammunition.
According to Ada, two of the suspects from Kwala Village in Quanpan Local Government Area of Plateau were arrested on July 26 in Lafia, by detectives attached to the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB), following suspicious behaviour exhibited by them.
He said that upon interrogation, the suspects provided useful information leading to the arrest of two others, Tukur Usman and Hamza Tukur of Gada-Gwari village in the Kuje Area Council of FCT.
The suspects also confessed to being in possession two other rifles which they buried in a farm at the boundary between Nasarawa and Plateau states.
“Based on the confessional statement, the police followed them to the location and recovered the weapons,” Ada said, adding that the suspects were being detained at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for further investigation to ascertain the source of the weapons and other possible accomplices.
The PPRO urged members of the public to always be vigilant and report any suspicious movements in their neighbourhood to security operatives for prompt action.
Last week, farmers and Fulani herdsmen in Nasarawa State signed a peace agreement to halt the crisis in the state. The agreement followed intermittent clashes that have left scores of people dead in the area