By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
An 80-year old man has been arrested over alleged gun running and dealing in sales of cartridges.
At least, 114 were said to have been recovered from him during a raid of his house in Kokori area of the state.
Similarly, six locally made double barrel guns concealed in an umbrella belonging to one Mrs. Victoria Itila were recovered by police operatives, with the suspect arrested.
While the suspected gunrunner was arrested by operatives attached to the Command Raider’s Unit, the recovery of the firearms and arrest of the owner was carried by Eagle net special squad
The Eagle Net operatives were said to have made the recovery while on stop and search duty along Sapele-Benin Express way, when they intercepted a Toyota Hiace Bus with reg no OLG 13 EFR and subjected the passengers to a search.
Police public relations officer DSP Bright Edafe confirmed both incidents in a release made available to journalists on Thursday.
It reads, ” In another development, the Command arrested one Omoraka James, ‘m’ age 80yrs in Kokori. The suspect’s premises was raided by the Command Raider’s Unit on the strength of an information received that he deals in Cartridges, sells to hoodlums which they use in carrying out various nefarious activities.
” One hundred and fourteen (114) rounds of live cartridges were recovered from him.
” Similarly, Eagle net special squad while on stop and search duty along Sapele-Benin Express way, intercepted a Toyota Hiace Bus with reg no OLG 13 EFR and subjected the passengers to a search.
” During the search, six locally made double barrel guns concealed in an umbrella belonging to one Mrs. Victoria Itila were recovered. The suspect was arrested and investigation is ongoing.
” The CP while urging parents and guardians to monitor and teach their wards on the need to stay away from cultism and vices, warned in strong terms that the Command under his watch will not tolerate any form of cult related activities in the State and that the Command will go all out in identifying them, their hideouts, arrest and ensure that they are brought to book.
” The CP also admonished members of the public to continue to partner with the Police by providing useful and timely information to the Police that will help in the fight against crime and criminality”.