Now in Soup! 6 Dangerous Arms Dealers Arrested, to Face Justice in Lagos

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An illegal arms dealer from the Republic of Benin, Abbey Edward, and five of his comrades-in-crimes have been arrested in by the police in Lagos for allegedly importing locally made pistols into Nigeria from Benin Republic and selling same to armed robbers.
Arrested with Edward are Adewale Osoja, Bala Yahaya, Hasan Ado, Ahmed Boladale and Abiodun Olarewaju.
The suspects took responsibility of the invasion of a church, Christ Authority and Power Evangelical Ministry (CAPEM), located at Vespa, Ijanikin, Lagos-Badagry Expressway on New Year’s Eve where they carted away the church offering of N47, 000 and other valuables.
While parading the suspects yesterday, the Police Public Relations Officer for Lagos State Police Command, DSP Ngozi Braide noted that robbers invaded the church where they were exchanging pleasantries the New Year crossover night.
Braide said that the suspects started their operation while the church was rounding up the service, stressing that Ipads, Ipods, phones, jewelleries, and church offering of about N47, 000 were carted away.
“The same gang also robbed at Morontola Street, Vespa, Ijanikin on Jan. 1st, where the occupants exhibited bravely and engaged them. As a result, one of their operational weapons fell on the ground and they escaped abandoning it.
“However, on Jan. 2, one of the suspects, a gang member foolishly went to that street to ask some area boys if they have seen any gun. The community was immediately alerted about it and he was arrested.
“The suspect was later transferred to Special Anti-Robbery Squad Officer in Charge, SP Abba Kyari, who led his team to arrest five other members, including the ring leader, who had just returned from prison.
“A Beniniose, who supplied the gang with five double barrel locally made pistols he imported into Nigeria was also arrested. He sold each gun N7,000 to the ring leader, who in turn sold same to robbers at N20,000 each.
“In addition to their confessions of various robbery operations in Lagos, they also confessed to be members of Eiye confraternity. We are on the trail of those at large,” Braide said.
But Abbey the Beninoise said he was not aware the gang was using the guns he supplied to them for armed robbery, saying he had been contacted by one of them whom he knew to a vigilante in the area.

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