Ex-NURTW Leader in Police Net over Arms, Ammunition

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*’I’m being hunted because I refused to join APC’

The Lagos State Police Command Tuesday arrested and paraded former leader of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Ibadan, Oyo State, Alhaji Mukaila Lamidi, for stockpiling a large cache of arms and ammunition.

Also, the state Commissioner of Police, Umar Manko,  paraded 10 other suspects who specialise in using military uniforms to assault and brutalise innocent citizens, as well as perpetrate other forms of atrocities.

It was gathered that Lamidi was arrested based on the confessions of one Abdulazeez Amao, a ‘notorious’ illegal arms dealer, who was recently arrested by the command for smuggling AK47 rifles from Mali and Burkina Faso to Nigeria.

Based on the strength of his confession, the police swung into action, arrested Lamidi and recovered one AK 47 rifle, one 9mm pistol, five automatic pomp action rifle and  assorted ammunition which he claimed he acquired from his Amao.

Speaking with newsmen at the state command, Lamidi said he acquired the guns illegally to protect himself against assassins who were after his life.

He said, “I sensed victimisation from the All Progressives Congress (APC) because I am a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). I actually bought those guns.

“I bought the AK 47 for N350,000, the pistol was also bought for N350,000. I bought them to protect myself because there was a time armed assassins were after me, I don’t rob with it. I know where all these victimisation is coming from.

“The APC wants to rope me because I am in PDP. They asked me to join them, because I refused to join their party, they decided to put me in trouble. I am a strong member of the PDP and I don’t regret it.”

Meanwhile, one of the fake soldiers, identified as John Musa, who operates around Festac area with his syndicates told newsmen that he stole his uniform in a commercial bus.

He said,  “I escort vehicles who carry goods and commercial vehicles to avoid being harassed by policemen and members of the NURTW. I am paid N3,500 per day for the job. I never knew I would be caught.

” It was one soldier at Ojo Barracks who exposed me and handed us over to the military police who in turn handed me over to the police Area Commander, Area E Command.”

Manko who warned criminals to leave the state or face the  wrath of the law said he directed the officer in charge of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) Abba Kyari to pick up the NURTW leader.

He said, “Two SARS Lagos ‘Decoy’ teams were briefed and deployed to Oyo State with extensive GSM data obtained from Lamidi’s phone number. After three days of diligent follow up, he was arrested.

“He confessed to have given his AK 47 rifle to one Tirimisiyu Olowoposi in Ibadan. Effort to arrest the said Timirisiyu proved abortive as he is already aware of Mukaila’s arrest. Kyari and his men are working hard with his men with a view to arresting him soonest.”

This is just as the police from the Anti-Robbery section of the State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, Yaba, Lagos, also arrested a madman with a pistol at Gowon Estate area of Ipaja, Lagos.

Eyewitnesses said although the mad man had been loitering the area for over two months, the curiosity of a passer-by was aroused when he saw the supposed madman wrapping an object with a rag and dumped the content inside a container in the dump site.

The passer-by was said to have alerted others who immediately rushed to the dump site, only to discover that the object was a double barrel pistol and four cartridges

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