A 20-year-old herdsman, Ibrahim Adamumale, has been arrested by the Police in Enugu for being in possession of an AK47 rifle, police said.
The suspect, who said he was an indigene of Nasarawa State, was also found with 24 rounds of live ammunition.
The spokesman of Enugu State Police Command, Ebere Amaraizu, confirmed the arrest to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Enugu.
Mr. Amaraizu said the suspect, who revealed that he lived at Hausa quarters in 9th-mile area and had some cows at Affa-Udi bush, was arrested on Sunday.
“The suspect was nabbed by the combined efforts of the police and the members of the public from Affa-Udi community acting on a tip off.
“The suspect, before he was nabbed, had expended about six shots on the air to evade being nabbed.
“Before now, the police and members of the public have gathered information about the suspect’s antecedents in relation to bearing of sophisticated weapon within Affa-Udi axis in Udi council area and its environs,” he said.
Mr. Amaraizu said the suspect was already helping the police in their investigation to determine how he came about the rifle.
He said the state’s Commissioner of Police, Emmanuel Ojukwu, had expressed delight at the effort of his men and the community that led to the arrest of the suspect.
“The Commissioner has reassured that under his watch, he will continue to partner relevant stakeholders and sister security agencies for a safe, secure and peaceful Enugu State.”
At least a dozen people have been killed in Enugu this year in attacks by suspected armed herdsmen.
The first attack took place at Nimbo community. Two people were killed in the latest attack last week at Ndiagwu Attakwu, Akegbe-Ugwu in Nkanu West Local Government Area of the state.