Police Arrest Lagos Lawmaker, 2 Others Over Possession Of firearms
By, OGUNTADE ISMAILA
The Nigeria Police, Lagos State Police Command have arrested a member of Lagos State House of Assembly and two others over possession of firearms in Lagos.
The suspects were identified as Hon. Dipo Olorunrinu, 47, Wale Oye, 37 and Ganiyu Ajiboluwa, 47 .
The Police Public Relations Officer(PPRO) Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) Chike Oti, in a statement made available to journalist said that the suspects were arrested in the Force resolve to mop up illegal and prohibited firearms in the hands of those who failed to take advantage of the grace period offered by the Inspector General of Police to surrender their guns to police formations nearest to them.
He said the move has yielded positive dividend following the arrests of three persons in possession of prohibited firearms.
According to the statement, the suspects were arrested on July, 12th , 2018, at about 17:45hrs by a team of Inspector General of Police X-Squad operatives on patrol along Festac Extension by Apple Junction, Amuwo Odofin.
He said a single barrel Mossverg Pump action rifle with identification number B/NO D512429, one Zirve Magnum Pump action rifle with number B/NO 45639 and two live cartridges were recovered from the suspects.
“However, during interrogation, the suspects confessed that the guns were given to them by one Hon. Dipo Olorunrinu, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Lagos State House of Assembly to escort him to a political rally”.
Oti , said that the Honourable member was arrested and he admitted ownership of the guns.
“To further prove that the weapons are his, he produced expired licenses dated 2015 and 2016 respectively,” he said.
He added that, the suspect could not justify his refusal to surrender the guns during the window period offered by the Inspector General of Police in the last nationwide mop up of illegal firearms and ammunition exercise.
The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Edgal Imohimi assured that the Command will soon rid the state of illegal and prohibited firearms as the taskforce constituted for that purpose will soon embark on house to house search for illicit guns.
Culled from Leadership