Police arrest suspected gunrunners, uncover arms in bags of beans
Operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Teams (IRT), have arrested two suspects for smuggling guns from Plateau to the Southeastern part of the country.
Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), Olumuyiwa Adejobi, who disclosed this yesterday, said the suspects were arrested following credible intelligence by IRT on the illicit business of the gun cartel.
According to Adejobi, the suspects were arrested with two AK47 riffles and 51 rounds of live ammunition, carefully concealed in two bags of beans, while the kingpin of the cartel, who bought the guns, claimed he was the second in command of Anambra Vigilante Services.
He said: “Upon receipt of the intelligence, operatives of the IRT swung into action that led to the apprehension of the suspects in April.
“The firearms suppliers had beat security checkpoints during onward delivery to Nasarawa, where the receiver was waiting to deliver it to the East. The gun-running suspects are Badung Audu, (37), and Chimezie, (45.”
Confessing, Badung said: “My colleague connected me to Chimezie, who asked me to procure some pump-action rifles for him, but when they came to me, I told them that I don’t have pump action but that I can get them AK47, which I sold to them at N220, 000 each.
On his part, Chimezie said he is the number two man in Anambra Vigilante Services and some people were after his life.
“They collected all our pump action rifles, alleging that we are informants to the police. This is the reason I went to Nanu in Plateau State in search of guns. I asked for pump-action, but they gave me an AK47. I was caught with the guns, which I hid inside bags of beans on my way to Anambra,” Chimezie added.
MEANWHILE, the commander of IRT, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Tunji Disu, has urged Nigerians to be patient when the police stop them for a stop-and-search operation, saying many heinous crimes had been uncovered during such operation.