Agents of the Department of State Services (DSS) have arrested a soldier named Nafiu who is assigned to the Muhammadu Buhari Cantonment in Tungan Maje, Abuja, for allegedly renting and selling firearms to kidnappers.
It was gathered that the suspect was arrested last week at Dankogi Park, Zuba, with the support of members of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria in the area.
A DSS source told Punch that the soldier usually lent kidnappers guns for N200,000 or N300,000.
He was reportedly arrested after some kidnappers, who were arrested, implicated him.
“They were asked to contact him for another deal to supply them with AK-47 rifles for N3m and he agreed. But he was arrested by operatives of the DSS with a fully loaded AK-47 rifle which he was about to exchange for N3m at the location where the transaction was supposed to take place in Zuba,” the source said.
The DSS spokesperson, Mr Peter Afunanya, did not take his calls or respond to text and WhatsApp messages from our correspondent despite reading them.