A Chief Superintendent of Immigration has been arrested for allegedly supplying weapons to bandits in Sokoto State.
The officer, whose identity was not disclosed, was said to have been indicted in a confessional statement by some arrested bandits.
It was gathered that the suspect was in charge of one of the Local Governments being terrorized by bandits in the state.
ASP Abdulkadir Datti, spokesperson of Sokoto Police Command, confirmed the arrest, but said the officer is still under investigation.
The State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) said recently in a report, that over 200 people have been killed and 45,175 displaced by bandits since July 2018 in the state.
SEMA also said that 66 towns and villages were sacked, while 21,316 hectares of farmland remained uncultivated, affecting 80,000 farmers in five Local Government Areas of the state.
The areas affected are: Tangaza, Rabah, Isa, Sabon Birni and Tureta.
However, the situation has been brought under control since the commencement of the ongoing negotiation with the bandits.
According to Garba Moyi, the state Commissioner for Carriers and Security Services, the government has identified and negotiated with about 17 gangs of armed bandits.
“We have so far recovered over 100 assorted arms from them and we are in the process of recovering more,” he said.