Kwara state Police command on new year’s eve recovered arms and ammunition, including two AK-47 rifles and a sum of N255,000 belonging to a suspected gang of inter-border kidnappers.
In a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer PPRO Okasanmi Ajayi on behalf of the state commissioner of Police Paul Odama, the recovery was made
at about 11:00 pm along the Bode Saadu axis of the Moro local government area of the state from a fleeing member of the gang.
The statement, which said that a detachment of Police assigned to monitor the axis sighted and flagged the suspect, who was on a Bajaj motorcycle, added that the hoodlum jumped down from the motorcycle and ran into the bush to escape arrest.
Some of the items recovered from the suspect’s bag include two AK-47 rifles; seven empty magazines, 50 rounds of AK-47 live ammunition, three Techno handsets; 11 telephone handset batteries; criminal charms; clothes, and a sum of N255,000.00.
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“The good people of Kwara state will recall that the command issued a statement assuring citizens and residents of the state of their security and safety throughout the holiday season. The promise prompted Cp Paul Odama, psc (+), to marshal some strategies to ensure a secure Kwara state.
“Thankfully, one of the major results of the strategy was recorded on December 31, 2022, at about 2300 hours, along the Bode Saadu axis of Moro LGA, when a detachment of policemen detailed to monitor the axis sighted and flagged down a Bajaj motorcycle operator for a routine check.
“Surprisingly, the rider of the motorcycle jumped down from the motorcycle and ran into the bush. A search of the bag tied to the motorcycle revealed its contents, which include, 1. Two AK-47 rifles; 2. Seven empty magazines 3. Fifty rounds of AK-47 live ammunition. 4. Three Techno handsets; 5. Eleven telephone handset batteries; 6. Criminal charms; 7. clothes, 8. and the sum of N255,000.00.
“Efforts to arrest the fleeing suspect, who is strongly believed to be one of the kidnappers operating around the border towns of Ekiti, Kogi, and Kwara states are ongoing.
“The Commissioner of Police, Kwara state, has promised to exert the necessary pressure to see that the fleeing suspects and his gang members are arrested. “
He solicited the support of members of the public to always give police information and report all strange activities around them to the public, while further assuring the citizens of the determination of the command to uphold the status of Kwara state as a state of harmony.
He wished the good people of Kwara state a happy and more secure new year.