2 held over arms smug­gling

Daily Trust - - NEWS - Form Eu­gene Agha, La­gos

The La­gos State Anti-Rob­bery Squad (SARS) have ar­rested two per­sons for al­legedly smug­gling arms and am­mu­ni­tion from Mali to Nigeria.

The sus­pects are said to be part of an arms smug­gling syn­di­cate, that spe­cial­izes in sell­ing arms to crim­i­nals, par­tic­u­larly crude oil thieves based in the Niger Delta re­gion.

The sus­pects were ar­rested at their hide­out in Ibadan, the Oyo State cap­i­tal by po­lice de­tec­tives led by Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice Abba Ki­yari.

The po­lice team re­cov­ered ten AK47 ri­fles and 19 AK 47 mag­a­zines, fully loaded.

The sus­pects, who smug­gled the weapons into the coun­try from Mali through Bok­ina Faso, were al­leged to have con­cealed the weapons in sacks of yam flour.

Parad­ing the sus­pects be­fore news­men at the com­mand’s head­quar­ters, Ikeja, La­gos State Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Umar Mako, said he got an in­for­ma­tion that a no­to­ri­ous armed rob­bery sus­pect iden­ti­fied as Olatunji Tun­bo­sun was stock­pil­ing arms and am­mu­ni­tion at Iko­rodu.

He said based on the in­for­ma­tion, he de­tailed the of­fi­cer in charge of SARS, SP Abba Kyari, to in­ves­ti­gate.

“Kyari and his boys traced the sus­pect to a vil­lage in Iko­rodu, where he was ar­rested. The po­lice re­cov­ered one AK 47 ri­fle from the sus­pect. Dur­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tion, the sus­pect told the po­lice that a mem­ber of the gang who is in charge of smug­gling the arms to Nigeria lives in Ibadan, Oyo State. Based on the in­for­ma­tion, the po­lice­men traced the sus­pect to Aye­gun Adesun area, Olomi bus stop, Ibadan”, he said.

The La­gos State po­lice boss said the sus­pect con­fessed that he sold sev­eral AK47 ri­fles and English pis­tols to buy­ers in Oyo, La­gos and Anam­bra States re­spec­tively.

In his state­ment, one of the sus­pects al­legedly named his main sup­plier as one Gbenga, who re­sides in Mali. He said af­ter pur­chase, he would care­fully con­ceal the arms in packs of con­densed milk be­fore stuff­ing them into bags of yam flour.

“I smug­gle the arms from Mali into Bok­ina Faso, then I Way- bill it as cargo us­ing lux­ury buses to La­gos and fi­nally to Ibadan. Most of my cus­tomers are in Onit­sha,” he said.

He added that he makes be­tween N80,000 to N100,000 from the sale of one AK47 ri­fle.

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