Police nab illegal arms dealers, robbery suspects

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By IFEANYI OKOLIE, ESTHER ONYEGBULA & IFUNAYA OKAFOR

LAGOS — The Lagos State Police Command, Tuesday, paraded two suspects said to be specialists in armed robbery and illegal arms dealing.

Parading the suspects, the Commissioner of Police, Umar Manko, said Olatunbosun Olatunji was arrested at Subaru area of Ikorodu, Lagos, with one AK-47 rifle. When quizzed, he confessed to have bought the rifle from one Abdulazeez Amao, a notorious arms dealer in Ibadan, Oyo State.

Manko said based on a tip-off, arrests were made.

He said: “Sequel to Olatunbosun Olatunji’s confessions, two SARS decoy team were briefed and deployed to Ibadan, Oyo State, and after eight days of intensive and diligent follow up, the notorious arms dealer, Abdulazeez Amao, was arrested in his house at Ayegun Adasun area of Ibadan.

Recovered, arms movement

“Ten AK-47 rifles with serial number UY472072, 8403662, 1625, 1978MG-16939, 026909, 1953CEH6248, 1954B101647, 00569, 19750N442 and 63618149 were recovered from his house.

“He confessed to have sold several other AK-47s and other rifles and English pistols to several buyers in Oyo, Lagos and Anambra states.

“Although, most of his buyers got information of his arrest and went underground, efforts are ongoing to bring them to book.

“Abdulazeez Amao confessed to buying the AK-47 rifles for six hundred thousand CFA (600,000CFA) equivalent of N200,000 each from one Zakari Watara of Wayalga area in Ouagadougu, capital of Burkina Faso.

“Zakari Watara used to get his supply from Mali, take them to Wayalga market in Burkina Faso. Amao buys from him and transports them in milk cartons before moving them to Paraku town in Benin Republic, where he repackages the rifles into sacks containing sliced yam (Elubo) for onward transportation to Ibadan, Oyo State, through Kabo border.”

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