Abuja soldier selling guns to kidnappers tricked, arrested

A man is arrested by the police for looting on the fourth day of a nationwide strike against the removal of the petrol subsidy in Lagos January 12, 2012. Tens of thousands of Nigerians have been protesting up and down Africa's most populous nation for four straight days in protest against the axing of the petrol subsidy, which more than doubled the price to around 150 naira ($0.93) per litre. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye (NIGERIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS ENERGY)
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A soldier, identified simply as Nafiu and attached to the Muhammadu Buhari Cantonment, Tungan Maje, Federal Capital Territory, has been arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services for allegedly hiring out and selling guns to kidnappers.

Sources  gathered that the suspect was arrested last week at Dankogi Park, Zuba, with the support of members of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria in the area.

A DSS source told our correspondent that the soldier usually lent kidnappers guns for N200,000 or N300,000.

He was reportedly arrested after some kidnappers, who were arrested, implicated him.

“They were asked to contact him for another deal to supply them with AK-47 rifles for N3m and he agreed. But he was arrested by operatives of the DSS with a fully loaded AK-47 rifle which he was about to exchange for N3m at the location where the transaction was supposed to take place in Zuba,” the source said.

The DSS spokesperson, Mr Peter Afunanya, did not take his calls or respond to text and WhatsApp messages from our correspondent despite reading them.

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