By Ifeanyi Okolie
LAGOS—A Lance Corporal of the Nigeria Army was among eight persons arrested by the Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team, SIRT for allegedly supplying arms and ammunition to robbers in Lagos.
Among those the gang allegedly supplied arms were those robbers who raided commercial banks in Lekki, Ikorodu, Festac and Agbara areas of Lagos and Ogun State, where they carted away large sums of money, recently.
It was gathered that the suspects were picked up at various locations in Lagos, Ogun, Oyo and Borno states, reseptively, by the SIRT operatives, led by CSP Abba Kyari, and officials of the Defense Intelligence.
Six automatic pump action rifles, a pistol and some cartridges were recovered from the suspects.
Sources close to the SIRT disclosed that the army corporal who was picked up at his duty post in Maiduguri, Borno State, by men of the Defense Intelligence, is currently undergoing interrogations at the Defense Headquarters, Abuja.
Vanguard gathered that a member of the gang, who was arrested recently by the SIRT operatives, confessed during, interrogations that his gang received large supplies of arms and ammunition, from the soldier, who was posted to Borno State, to fight the Boko Haram sect .
A source further disclosed, that the soldier, would conceal weapons within food items heading to Lagos from Borno and the robbers who were also involved in pipeline vandalism Pipeline at Ikorodu and Ijegemo areas of Lagos, would credit his bank account upon receiving the weapons.