A suspected sponsor of the dreaded sect Boko Haram has been caught while arming youths in Nasarawa Township in Chikun local government of Kaduna State.
There were reported gunshots by his supporters when an army officer on a tip off from the 1st Division of Nigerian Army Kaduna stormed his family to initiate a search, following which rocket launchers, IEDs materials, soldiers uniforms, army belts, cartridges, pump actions guns and some AK47 assault rifles were found and taken away by the Nigerian military team that carried out the action.
The arrested gunrunner is Comrade Nuhu Mohammed who is former chairman of petroleum drivers association in Kaduna. He is currently being held in an undisclosed military base in Kaduna.
It was also gathered youths in the area this morning when the combined team of soldiers, SSS and police went to the area around 9am for additional search resisted their arrival in to the community.
The youths started stoning the security and some wanted to shoot but were restrained by a senior military officer in charge of operations.
Following his arrest, there were misleading rumors that he had been set free. But Mr. Marafa was paraded before journalists yesterday, a confirmation that he was in custody. Lieutenant Colonel Abubakar Edun, assistant director of public relations of 1 Division of the Nigerian Army, Kaduna, stated that the accused and his son are in custody.
“The activities for which Alhaji Nuhu Mohammed Marafa attracted the attention of the Nigerian Army bordered on issues of national security. Specifically, it has to do with gun-running and suspected connection with and support for a terrorist group. After extensive surveillance, troops of 1 Division of Nigerian Army during the night of 13/14 January 2011, conducted a cordon-and-search operation on the compound of Alhaji Nuhu Mohammed Marafa, located at Tirkania, opposite IBBL Kaduna. Before troops could gain entry into the compound, there was a gunshot fired at the soldiers from the compound. It was later revealed that the shot was fired allegedly by Yusuf Nuhu Mohammed, the son of Alhaji Nuhu Mohammed Marafa. Yusuf escaped with the weapon by scaling the perimeter wall of the compound.” He was later arrested.
The military spokesman added: “It must be emphasized at this stage that investigations are still ongoing. Ultimately, the suspects would be handed over to the appropriate authority for further action at the end of investigations.”
The Nigerian Army gave a list of the following weapons reportedly found in their search of Mr. Marafa’s home:
9 mm ammunition—quantity 9
6 mm ammunition—quantity 5
7.62 ammunition (special) ammunition—quantity 1
7.62 mm (NATO) ammunition—quantity 11
Barrel Gun Cartridges—quantity 17
Pump Action Gun—quantity 1
Double Edged Special Axes—quantity 2
An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) bomb in a Mirinda bottle, which if ignited could cause extensive damage.
Bows (metal)—quantity 2
Long Clubs (wood)—quantity 3.
Black Army Belt—quantity 1
Camouflage Belt—quantity 1
Two dog tags belonging to Nigerian Army D2004/1/55/1899 S Adamu and US Army 84637857 Rambo RH.
Nigerian Army camouflage trousers.
Two GSM Phones
10 pairs of vehicle plate numbers and 3 single vehicle plate numbers.
1 X passport each of Alhaji Nuhu Mohammed Marafa (aka Babawo) and his son Mohammed Yusuf Nuhu.
A novel titled The Last Duty by Isidore Okpewho.
1 driver’s license
1 group photograph
2 voters cards
7 GSM Sim Packs
1 Computer bag containing GSM phone accessories.