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Lagos police arrest 32 suspects, recover 25 firearms

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The Lagos State Police Command has paraded 32 suspects who were allegedly involved in various crimes in the last month.

SP Benjamin Hundeyin, the spokesperson of the command, said the suspects were arrested for offences such as product adulteration, firearm fabrication, armed robbery, theft and cultism, among others.

He said the command also recovered 25 firearms, including a toy gun, 74 live cartridges, 12 expended cartridges and 12 long pipes from the suspects.

Hundeyin said other items seized during the period were two drilling machines, one gas cylinder, one vehicle, fabricated tools, two daggers, one UTC axe, various charms and 251 adulterated wires.

He said that on Sept. 18, at about 2.30 p.m., the police nabbed a 27-year-old man, who posed as a dispatch rider to steal brain boxes and other parts from vehicles.

Hundeyin said based on credible intelligence on Sept. 11, at about 4.00 p.m., the police raided a blacksmith workshop, that allegedly produced firearms for sale to criminals around Idata Village of Ibeju-Lekki, and arrested two suspects.

Speaking about the recovered arms, he said, “The following items were recovered from the factory: three single-barrel locally-made pistols, one double-barrel locally-made gun, one single-barrel locally-made gun, two single-barrel locally-made long gun, ten expended cartridges, twelve long pipes, two drilling machines, one gas cylinder, one vehicle and other fabricated tools.”

Hundeyin also noted that the police apprehended a notorious cultist and armed robber on Oct. 11, at about 11.45 p.m. at Yaba area, after he killed a rival cultist.

He said through him, six others were arrested in Ikorodu area with two locally made single-barrel guns, one double-barrel shotgun, three live cartridges, one dagger and different charms.

Speaking further, the spokesman said one suspect, whose gang specialised in terrorising, extorting and intimidating members of the public, in full military uniform was arrested on Oct. 2.

He said other members of the gang escaped when they saw the police.

The spokesperson said that all suspects would be charged to court after investigations are concluded.

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