The suspect, who claimed to have hailed from Nasarawa State, was also found with 24 rounds of live ammunition. The Spokesman of Enugu State Police Command, Mr Ebere Amaraizu, confirmed the arrest on Tuesday in Enugu.
Amaraizu said that 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 combine efforts of the police and the members of the public from Affa-Udi community acting on a tip off. “The suspect before he was nabbed had expended about six shots on the air to evade being nabbed.
“Before now, the police and members of 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.
Amaraizu said that the suspect was already helping the police in their investigation to determine how he came about the rifle. He said that the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr 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.’’