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‘Danji SS Campaign Vehicle’ Loaded With Large Arms, Ammunitions Arrested In Ibi

·      Soldier, 2 Civilians Arrested



A campaign vehicle branded with All Progressives Congress APC  Taraba South senatorial candidate Hon Danjuma Shidi Usman, Danji SS has been arrested  with large consignments of arms and ammunitions in Ibi, Ibi local government area of the state, several military sources told Taraba Truth and Facts Newspaper.

  Military officers from 93 Battalion of the Nigeria Army, Takum in Taraba State also arrested a soldier whose name was given as WO II Hassan Atayani serving with TRADOC Minna, Niger State   alongside two bus drivers, one Apopo Asetiya and the other whose name is yet to be obtained, across river Ibi on June 25 with the assorted arms and ammunitions.


The eye witness disclosed that the military officers who were working on a tip off mounted surveillance across river Ibi awaiting the arrival of the two Buses loaded with the arms and ammunitions.


The source who preferred anonymity added that the Soldier who served as an escort to the two vehicles was promptly arrested along with the two Bus drivers shortly after crossing the river at Ibi. 


It was gathered that the military officers conveyed the two Bus load of arms and ammunitions to the 93 Military Battalion in Takum along with the three suspects for further investigation. 


It was further learnt that the Soldier, WO II, Hassan Atayani is an indigene of Ibi local government while the two Bus drivers hailed from Wukari local government area of Taraba state. 

Danji SS, member representing Wukari-Ibi Federal Constituency at the National Assembly denied knowledge of the arrest of any of vehicle braded with his name.

None of my campaign vehicles is missing, all of them are in my house so I don't know what you are talking about, Danji SS told this newspaper hurriedly after several efforts to get speak on the development before filling this report.


Efforts to confirm the incident from the Commanding officer of 93 Battalion Takum failed, however several eyewitnesses and security sources insisted that a campaign vehicle branded with his name and pictures was arrested alongside another  'Hallmark Computer Vehicle' with arms and was moved to Military Barracks in Takum.


When contacted, the Police public Relations officer (PPRO) of the Taraba police command, DSP Usman Abdullahi said the police was yet to receive the report from the 93 Military Battalion, Takum.

Recall that Taraba Truth and Facts newspaper had in February reported that the security sources were expressing concerns over influx of small arms and light weapons among non state actors in Southern part of Taraba State ahead of the 2023 general elections.


Top security officials in the state told Taraba Truth and Facts Newspaper early this year that some politicians seeking elective positions in the next election were stock piling arms in the zone.

 However the interception  of  arms and ammunitions by the military at Ibi river  on Sunday has heightened tension and apprehension in the Southern Taraba, most especially that the arms are allegedly linked to a senatorial candidate of a political party from the area.


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