By: Joy Odor/Abuja
The Intelligence Response Unit (IRT), Special Tactical Squad (STS), Police Mobile Force, Counter Terrorism Unit and the Special Forces attached to Operation Puff Adder have dismantled a 4-man international arms-smuggling syndicate.
According to the Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters Abuja, DCP Frank Mba in a press statement made available to Reportcircle News Online on Tuesday, 4th of June 2019, the criminal gang operates between parts of North African, the Sahel region and West African Countries.
DCP Mba informed that a total of 6000 AK47 Live ammunition were recovered from them while a total of 38 suspects were arrested for their different roles in various criminal operations ranging from kidnapping, armed robbery, banditry and cattle rustling.
“The 4-man syndicate comprising: Ojoomo Olugbenga 45yrs native of Akure Central, Ondo State, ii. Oladimeji Adeogun 50yrs native of Ido LGA of Oyo State iii. Habib Musibau 24yrs old native of Oluyole LGA of Oyo State and Thomas Olumuyiwa 54yrs old, native of Ado-odo Ota LGA of Ogun State, all male, were arrested at Saki town, Nigeria-Benin Republic border in Oyo State.
“Investigation reveals that the syndicate specializes in smuggling small arms, light weapons and ammunition from North Africa through the Sahel region and supplying same to their criminal partners – kidnappers, armed robbers, political thugs and other criminal elements – in Nigeria and other West African countries” He said.
He pointed out that also another set of 24 AK47 rifles, 4 pump action guns, 11 Dane guns, 10 English Pistols, 2 single barrel guns, 1set of army camouflage uniform and 22 live cartridges were recovered from other criminal gangs in different parts of the country.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Alhaji Muhammad Adamu, DCP Mba said commended the general public for providing useful information to the Police.
The IGP also commended the men for this and many other feats and re-assures the nation that the Police will continually work round the clock with other security agencies towards ensuring improved border security, control of arms proliferation and combating kidnapping, armed robbery and other violent crimes across the country.