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Nigerian Soldiers Arrested for Allegedly Supplying Arms to Deadly Militants in FESTAC, Lagos (Photo)

The police yesterday arrested two army personnel in connection with some weapons discovered in Festac Town, The Nation reveals.

Residents of Sixth Avenue in FESTAC alerted the police to the cache of arms and ammunition.

Policemen including operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) recovered two AK47 rifles, 24 AK47 rifle magazines, a Brownie pistol magazine, ammunition, mask and charms.

After the discovery, the police arrested Warrant Officer (WO) Longinus Madu, who is attached to 353 Field Artillery and another over the incident.

A source said the soldiers were also being probed for alleged involvement and supplying of arms to militants. The suspects, it was learnt, are in SARS custody.

At 3:40pm yesterday, some army officers were at the command headquarters, probably for the case.

Owoseni, who displayed the recovered items, said it would have been disastrous if the weapons had been used for the purpose meant.

He said: “Based on credible information, police operatives stormed Sixth Avenue in Festac and recovered two AK47 rifles, 24 AK47 rifle magazines and a Brownie pistol magazine. An alarming number of 951 7.62mm live ammunition, 110 7.65mm live ammunition, a mask, vehicle number-plates and charms were also recovered.

“The command is working hard to trace how the arms and ammunition got to the area and to ensure that whoever is connected with that discovery is brought to justice.

“This is a classical example of police-community partnership. The police in that community have gained confidence of the public that was why they offered information that led to the recovery. The destruction the weapons would have done if the criminals succeeded in their aim would have been disastrous.”

The command also arrested 28 armed robbery suspects and two kidnappers, and recovered 16 guns from hoodlums.

According to him, four armed robbery suspects died in gun duel with the police during the period.

A Bereta pistol, three locally made pistols, 1,083 live ammunition with 38 different live cartridges, three axes, three cutlasses and 10 exotic vehicles, among others, he said, were recovered during the period.

He denied the alleged lynching of a seven-year-old boy for stealing garri at Orile-Iganmu, insisting that no such incidence occurred in the state.

Giving result of police findings, Owoseni said a decomposing body of an adult between 20 and 25 years was recovered at a canal in Orile, adding that the deceased was an armed robbery suspect, who was mobbed while trying to dispossess a victim of his mobile phone.

“The deceased and two others tried to rob another person and macheted their victim in a bid to snatch her phone. The gang has continuously operated in that area. Some of them have been arraigned in court but were released on bail.

“Nemesis caught up with them that day of the incident. It occurred around 4am and no information of the mob attack was given to the police.

“I condemn in its entirety the mob action and urge residents to report such incidents to the police and have confidence that the right thing would be done. People should no longer take the laws into their hands.”

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