By Ifeanyi Okolie
LAGOS—A serving Warrant Officer attached to the Nigeria Army, 9 Brigade, Ikeja, has been arrested by the police in Lagos State with two AK-47 rifles, 25 magazines loaded with 950 live ammunition, a Brownie pistol with 110 7.65mm live ammunition, a mask, charms and two vehicle number plates.
He was alleged to be part of a notorious gang of robbers and kidnappers terrorising the state.
Vanguard gathered, yesterday, that the suspect who at press time was being detained at the State Command Headquarters, Ikeja, was apprehended at 6th Avenue axis of Festac Town, Lagos.
However, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, declined to confirm if a serving Warrant Officer was arrested and being detained at the Command Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Ikeja.
However, he confirmed the recovery of large cache of arms and ammunition from a location in 6th Avenue Festac Town.
However, Vanguard investigation revealed that the Army Officer ran into trouble when a female resident of 6th Avenue spotted him trying to hide the arms after he and members of his gang had allegedly used them for operation.
The woman, whose identity was not disclosed, was said to have alerted the police at the Area ‘E’ Police Command, Festac Town, who apprehended the officer.
At the Command Headquarters, Vanguard observed the presence of a contingent of Military Policemen from the 9 Brigade, Nigeria Army, Ikeja, led by a Major.
Vanguard gathered that the military policemen, who came in three vehicles, might have come to the Command to assist police in their investigations.
Meanwhile, Owoseni announced the arrest 28 suspected robbers, two kidnappers and recovering of 16 guns, including a Beretta pistol, locally-made guns, 10,000 ammunition, cutlasses and axes from hoodlums across the state.
The commissioner also disclosed that four suspected robbers lost their lives during exchange of gunfire with police.
Parading the suspect, Owoseni warned hoodlums and criminals in the state, who had formed the habit of challenging and obstructing policemen on lawful duties, to desist from such acts, directing policemen to use appropriate force on any individual who prevented a police from performing their constitutional duties.