Soldiers nab female bandit dancing with AK-47 rifle


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A suspected bandit, Zainab Abubakar, has been arrested by soldiers in Kaduna State after she was seen dancing with an AK-47 rifle hung round her neck.

The suspect was reportedly arrested on Monday at Ungwan Salaha, Mararaban Jos community, in Igabi LGA.

Military authorities disclosed on Thursday that the suspect was picked up after a video on her phone showed her dancing at a social event while the assault rifle dangled on her neck.

The Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, Col. Aminu Iliyasu, said, “Troops of the 1 Division Garrison have arrested a female bandit at Ungwan Salaha in Mararaban Jos. Preliminary checks into her phone revealed a video clip of the suspect dancing with an AK-47 rifle hung on her neck during a social event.

“The same troops on a reconnaissance patrol around Kirsa Village in Anka LGA of Zamfara accosted a motorcyclist conveying a young woman.

“However, the rider abandoned the motorcycle and the lady and ran into a nearby bush.

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“After the encounter, troops arrested the lady, recovered one AK-47 rifle, one AK-47 rifle magazine loaded with 30 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition and a Honda motorcycle.

“Similarly, on February 25, 2020, troops of 1 Division Garrison, acting on credible information, intercepted a group of bandits who had earlier kidnapped some victims from Niger State.

“Consequently, the troops made contact with the bandits at Chikwale in Kachia LGA of Kaduna State. The criminal bandits abandoned their victims and beat a hasty retreat into the nearby forest.

“One of the victims, Mr. Abubakar, was rescued, while the troops recovered two AK-47 rifle magazines, one military pullover, 36 mobile phones, two solar panels and three bags containing clothes and food condiments.”

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