Lagos Police Command’s law enforcement officers have apprehended two suspects who were operating a clandestine firearms manufacturing facility, with the intention of selling their products to criminals in the vicinity of Idata Village in the Ibeju-Lekki area of the state.
The operation was initiated based on intelligence received by the police regarding the existence of this illicit firearms factory. Notable items seized during the raid included three locally-made single-barrel pistols, one locally-made double-barrel gun, one locally-made single-barrel gun, two locally-made long guns, ten expended cartridges, twelve long pipes, two drilling machines, one gas cylinder, one vehicle, and various tools used in the fabrication of firearms.
These two suspects, apprehended for their involvement in running the illegal firearms manufacturing facility, were among 32 individuals arrested by the police in the past month in Lagos State for their alleged roles in various criminal activities. As outlined by Hundeyin, these activities encompassed product adulteration, firearm production, armed robbery, theft, and involvement in cult activities, among others.
During this one-month period, law enforcement authorities recovered 25 firearms, including a toy gun, 74 live cartridges, 12 expended cartridges, 12 long pipes, two drilling machines, one gas cylinder, a vehicle, assorted fabricated tools, two daggers, one UTC axe, a variety of charms, and 251 adulterated wires.
On September 18, the police apprehended a 27-year-old man who had posed as a dispatch rider to engage in vehicle vandalism, specifically by removing essential components like brain boxes and other parts.
Furthermore, the police arrested a wanted individual suspected of involvement in cult activities and armed robbery on October 11, after he had killed a rival cultist in the Yaba area. This led to the arrest of six additional individuals in the Ikorodu area, with the recovery of two locally-made single-barrel guns, one double-barrel shotgun, three live cartridges, one dagger, and various charms.
Another arrest involved a suspect who was impersonating a military officer and was apprehended on October 2. His gang specialized in intimidating, harassing, and extorting the public, but upon encountering the police, other members of the gang managed to escape.
Hundeyin noted that all the suspects would be prosecuted once investigations are completed. Additionally, the police have urged individuals with illegal firearms and ammunition to voluntarily surrender them without fear of arrest or prosecution, in accordance with the directive from the Inspector-General of Police to disarm non-state actors in their respective jurisdictions.
The command emphasized its commitment to combating the illegal production, sale, possession, and use of prohibited firearms in the state.
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