Soldiers on exercise Ayem Akpatuma have smashed a gun running ring in Taraba state, discovering a pump action rifle displayed for sale.
A statement on the Nigerian Army on Wednesday said the suspected gun runners ran away on sighting the troops on patrol in the area.
“Troops of 93 Battalion, 13 Brigade, Nigerian Army, on exercise AYEM AKPATUMA (Cat Race) deployed in Bantaje ward of Wukari Local Government Area of Taraba State, while on patrol on Tuesday 20th February 2018, discovered a Pump action Rifle,” the army said on Twitter.
“Preliminary investigation has shown that the rifle was displayed for sale but was abandoned by the suspected gun runners, who ran away on sighting the troops on patrol in the area.
“It was further revealed that the suspects who are now at large, were involved in gun running in Bantaje general area.
“The public especially the residents of the areas where Exercise AYEM AKPATUMA is taking place are advised to continue to cooperate with troops by providing useful information & report any suspected movement by individual or group to the military or law enforcement agencies”.