Security operatives have discovered a large cache of arms and ammunition, including grenade, in the residence of a top lawmaker in Gusau, Zamfara state.
Panic, fear and tension gripped residents of the community and neighbouring towns as the news of this discovery spread.
Motorists and residents struggled for safety resulting in a girdlock, according to reports.
The name of the lawmaker whose home was raided and the arms uncovered has been withheld.
Daily Sun reports:
A source who pleaded anonymity, told Daily Sun that the raid on the lawmaker’s residence followed a tip-off. According to sources , some men who were arrested with arms in Kano, made confessional statement that they kept their arms and ammunition in the Zamfara lawmaker’s house.
“We learnt that it was based on this revelation that the security operatives stormed his two houses in Tsafe town and Takama in Gusau metropolis,” a source said.
It was further gathered that following the raid, several AK47 rifles,boxes of live ammunition and several tins of teargas were discovered in the legislator’s residence in Gusau,while a grenade was discovered in his house at Tsafe.
Checks by Daily Sun revealed that the incident occurred after a top notcher of the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) was invited for questioning about a month ago for his alleged romance with cattle rustlers in the state.
Observers in the state attributed the current trend to the extension of insurgency in the North.
When contacted, the embattled lawmaker maintained that he was invited by security agents and he had made a written statement.
Speaking on the development, Police Public Relations Officer(PPRO), in the state, DSP Lawal Abdullahi, said the raid was carried out by a special team from Abuja but declined further comment on the matter.