Kaduna State governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai has ordered a probe of the recent discovery of five locally-made AK 47 rifles and a magazine in a car involved in an accident.
Mr. Samuel Aruwan, Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to governor, El-Rufai said this in a statement.
The accident, involving two vehicles, occurred on May 12 at Mazuga, Kachia Local Government Area.
According to the statement, the government has already been briefed on the incident by the Kaduna State Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).
“On 15 May, the Kaduna State Government received a brief from the Kaduna State Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps on the discovery of weapons in a car that had been involved in an accident. The government has therefore directed a thorough investigation of the matter,” the statement said.
It quoted the Kaduna Sector Head of Operations of the FRSC, Mr. Salisu D. Galadanci, as saying that information about the accident was received at 4.07 pm on 12 May. Mr. Galadanci, noted the statement, said FRSC officials moved to the scene to rescue the victims and found that people around the area had already started bringing the victims out from the vehicles.
“Two vehicles were involved: an Audi Salon car AG 60MKR and one Opel Vectra car without registration. Of the seven persons involved in the accident, three died while four persons were rescued. Five locally-made AK47 rifles and a magazine were also recovered from the Audi car,” the statement said.
It added that the driver of the Audi, Mr. Sabo Goni, was among those rescued from the wreckage and was taken along with other victims to Kachia Hospital The Kachia Divisional Police Officer, Mr. Faruk Umar, the statement recalled, was alerted informed of discovery of rifles in the car and the recovered arms were handed to the Divisional Police Officer for further investigation.
The government commended the people of Mazuga community for reporting the matter to security agencies and for keeping the recovered arms till the arrival of security agencies.