A serving councillor in Soba Local Government Area of Kaduna State has been arrested with an AK-47 rifle near a forest suspected to be a hideout of bandits in the state.
The suspect, identified as Abdul Adamu Kinkiba, is the councillor of Kinkiba ward.
The Nation gathered that Kinkiba was arrested by security operatives stationed around Galadimawa axis of Giwa Local Government Area.
Sources said the councillor was carrying the AK-47 rifle on a motorcycle when he was intercepted around the forest suspected to be housing terrorists.
A vigilante source told a journalist that Kinkiba said the gun was given to him by somebody whose name he could not remember.
“He said he was told that the gun was meant for the convoy of someone, that he was instructed to park immediately after the bridge near Galadimawa forest (a known hideout of bandits), where somebody would collect the gun,” the source said.
Chairman of Soba local government area Suleiman Yahaya Richifa confirmed that the suspect is the councilor representing Kinkiba ward in the council.
He did not however speak further on the development, as he said he was still in shock over the news of the councillor’s arrest “I’m in serious grief about the news. Please allow me to overcome my shock.”
It was gathered that the suspect has been moved to the Kaduna State Police Command headquarters for further interrogation.
Police spokesman Muhammad Jalige did not take his calls made by the reporter to confirm the development.
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