Lagos Lawmaker, 2 Others Held Over Illegal Possession Of Firearms

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By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
A member of the Lagos State House of Assembly Hon. Dipo Olorunrinu and  two of his aides have been arrested by the police in Lagos over unlawful possession of firearms.
The lawmaker, elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), representing Amuwo Constituency 1 and the aides identified as Wale Oye, male, age 37 years and Ganiyu Ajiboluwa, male, age 47 years are said to be under going interrogation as at time of filing the report.
 
According to report, the aides of the lawmaker were  arrested by police operatives attached to the Inspector General of Police X-Squad armed with the offensive weapon on 12/07/2018, at about 1745hrs  while on patrol along Festac Extention by  Apple Junction, Amuwo Odofin.
 
 
The firearms, identified to include one 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 aforementioned  suspects.
 
The suspects were said to have  claimed during interrogation that the guns were given to them by the parliamentarian  for his protection  at  a political rally.
 
The report stated further that the lawmaker was subsequently apprehended and admitted ownership of the prohibited firearms in the course  of interrogation.
 
While confirming the report, spokesperson of Lagos State Police Command, CSP. Chike Oti said Hon.Olorunrinu confirmed ownership of the guns.
 
In order to prove ownership, Oti said the lawmaker produced the licences dated 2015 and 2016 respectively, but were expired ones.
Further, Oti said Olorunrinu 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 statement reads, ” The Nigeria Police, Lagos State Police Command wishes to inform members of the public that the resolve of the Force 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, has yielded positive   dividend following the arrests of three persons in possession of prohibited firearms.
The first and second suspect, namely, Wale Oye, male, age 37 years and Ganiyu Ajiboluwa, male, age 47 years were arrested on 12/07/2018, at about 1745hrs by a team of Inspector General of Police X-Squad operatives on patrol along Festac Extention by  Apple Junction, Amuwo Odofin.
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 aforementioned  suspects.
However during interrogation, the suspects claimed the guns were given to them by one Hon. Dipo Olorunrinu, male, age 47 years,  a member of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) in the Lagos State House of Assembly, to escort him to a political rally.
The Honourable member was arrested and he admitted ownership of the guns. To further prove that the weapons are his, he produced expired licences dated 2015 and 2016 respectively.  He however, 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 police image maker said that investigation into the matter is in progress, adding that further findings on the  matter will be communicated to the general public.
According to him, 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.

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