Oyo State Police arrests illegal arms dealers

Olubunmi Osoteku, Ibadan

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The Oyo State Police Command has paraded  four unauthorised  arms dealers who concealed 10,000 live cartridges for supply to alleged criminally-minded elements in the State.

21 other criminal suspects were also nabbed by the officers of the State Police Command,  at various locations across the State.

Among the suspects were two young ladies found to be in possession of one double-barrel pistol, on their way  from Mushin, Lagos State to Iseyin area of Oyo State, allegedly to carry out their operations.

Addressing newsmen at the parade ground, Eleyele Police Headquarters, Ibadan, the State Police Commissioner, Mr Shina Olukolu, advised residents to be wary of criminals.

He further advised citizens to be security conscious in view of the forthcoming festive season and also to  be mindful of whom they transact business with, to avoid being swindled.

The arms dealers who were arrested at the Oke-Bola area of Ibadan, included Adekunle Abimbola, Abel Kojo , Mukaila Ariyo, and Ade Adebayo confessed that they had been in the business of ammunition/arms supply for many years without license , the suspects told newsmen that hunters, not armed robbers and bandits, were their buyers.

However, the State Police Chief,  who insisted that the ammunitions were supplied to armed robbers, disclosed that the suspects would be made to the face the full wrath of the law.

Giving credit to the the State Police Command, Olukolu noted that the aggressive drive put up through proactive approach and sustainable community policing strategy, has continued to yield positive results and giving the police an edge over criminals in the State.

He said, “The officers and men under my watch have continued to put up spirited efforts to ensure high level of professionalism and tolerance is demonstrated when carrying out their constitutional responsibility of the protection of llves and property.”

Olukolu revealed that without mincing words, criminals in Oyo State have not been having a safe haven to carry out their dastardly acts of unleashing terror on innocent citizens due to constant raids and routine patrols of all nooks and crannies by the Police Command.

He noted that the command is conscious of the possibility of increase in crime rate often associated with festive seasons.

“Sequel to this, as part of our proactive measures to allay the fears of the people , we have carried out a review of our security architecture to guarantee security of lives and property of the citizens before, during and after the forth coming Eid-el-Kabir celebration,” the Police boss added.

 

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