A 20-year-old herdsman, Ibrahim Adamumale, has been arrested by the police in Enugu for alleged possession of an AK47 rifle and ammunition, police said.
Adamu, who is an indigene of Nasarawa State, was also found with 24 rounds of live ammunition.
The spokesman of the state Police Command, Ebere Amaraizu, confirmed the arrest yesterday.
Mr. Amaraizu said the suspect, who revealed that he lives at Hausa quarters in 9th-Mile area and had some cows at Affa-Udi bush, was arrested on Sunday.
“The suspect was nabbed by the combined efforts of the police and members of the public from Affa-Udi community.
“The suspect fired six shots into the air to evade arrest. Before now, the police and the public have gathered information about the suspect’s antecedents in relation to bearing of sophisticated weapon within Affa-Udi axis in Udi council area and its environs,” he said.
The police spokesman said the suspect was already helping the police in their investigation to determine how he came about the rifle.
He said the Commissioner of Police, Emmanuel Ojukwu, had expressed delight at the effort of his men and the community that led to the arrest of the suspect.
“The commissioner has reassured that under his watch, he will continue to partner relevant stakeholders and sister security agencies for a safe, secure and peaceful Enugu State,” he said
At least, 12 people have been killed in Enugu this year during attacks by suspected armed herdsmen. The first took place at Nimbo community. Two people were killed in last week’s attack at Ndiagwu Attakwu, Akegbe-Ugwu in Nkanu West Local Government Area.