By Abel, BillyGraham
The Nigerian Air Force has paraded six men for allegedly stealing and selling rifles and ammunition belonging to it.
Parading the men, the Commander of the 37 Base Service Group of the force in Yola, Adamawa State, Air Commodore Haruna Umar Mohammed disclosed to newsmen in a press conference in Yola that one of the rifles in question was reportedly missing while in the custody of one airman on duty on the November 11, 2015 in Yola.
He said the rifle was later found in the custody of one Mr James Emmanuel Dauda when he was apprehended by men of the Nigerian Army at Hayin-Gada military checkpoint in Yola on the 3rd of September 2016.
The suspect was arrested at 9:45 pm in possession of a Tevor 21 rifle wearing a disbanded Nigerian Air force Camouflage uniform and in possession of a fake NAF Identification Tag. Air Commodore Mohammed said investigation further revealed that Mr. James Dauda was in possession of the missing Fabrique Nationale (FN) Rifle belonging to the Nigerian Air force and sold it to one Mr. Dubi Elisha leading to the arrest and recovery of the stolen weapon.
The suspect’s confession led to the arrest of other accomplices in the nefarious arm dealership of Mr. Dauda, the other suspects include, Mr Saul Chamak, Mr. Yaro Philimon, Mr Martins Bwara, and Mr. Tatula Moses.
The Air Force said that several items were recovered from the suspects including browning pistol, FN rifle, a double-barrel gun, thirty-seven rounds of 9mm live ammunition, thirty-nine shot-gun cartridges, three arrows, a practicing browning pistols, desert camouflage military uniforms and one 7.62 live ammunition.
The suspects have been handed over to the Department of State Security for further investigation.