by ‘Jola Sotubo
Two criminals have paid a surprise visit to a Niger prison which once housed them.
The duo are said to have broken into the armoury at the facility in New Bussa and made away with a number of weapons.
The suspects have however been arrested after the operation which they are said to have embarked upon barely a week after being released from the prison,
The two suspects arrested were said to be ex-inmates of the New Bussa Prison who used their knowledge of the prison to break into the prison armoury six days after they were released on Christmas Eve.
It was gathered that their operation was successful as they made away with some rifles and ammunition.
A police source disclosed to LEADERSHIP that 3 G3 rifles, 39 rounds of live ammunition, 6 rifle magazines, one hand grenade, 2 smoke cartridges, a leg chain and a walkie-talkie were recovered from them.
The two suspects were Gabriel Godwin, 24, and Mohammed Abdullahi, 21, and the leader of the gang, Amos Madu is said to be on the run.
Niger State police command’s spokesman, Richard Adamu Oguche, confirmed the incident, adding that the suspects broke into the armoury six days after their release from the prison and were arrested in their hideout in Mokwa after intense investigation.
According to him, the suspects had admitted that the plan to break into the armoury was conceived when they were serving in the prison and they had been monitoring the armoury but later regrouped in Mokwa to finally implement their plans.