The police in Oyo State have declared that the command recovered an AK-47 rifle and other weapons from a suspected gunrunner terrorising some residents of Oyo and Ogun states.
This was disclosed by the Public Relations Officer of Oyo State police command, Adewale Osifeso, on Monday in a statement made available to newsmen.
Osifeso said that the operatives attached to the Command's Monitoring Unit found the gunrunner while on their regular stop and search duty.
The suspect was said to have been spotted around Bakari village, a border community between Oyo and Ogun states before he sped off on his motorcycle.
He added that efforts by security operatives to arrest the suspect proved abortive but some items were recovered from him.
According to the police spokesman, one of the items recovered from him was an AK-47 rifle with number 353913.
Osifeso explained that investigation was ongoing to apprehend the suspect and bust his criminal network and supply chain.
“Today being Sunday 2/05/2021 at about 1630HRS, operatives attached to the Command’s Monitoring Unit while on aggressive stop and search duty at Bakari, a border village between Oyo and Ogun have recorded yet another breakthrough in the fight against crime and criminality.
“The suspect spotted the tactical officers while performing their routine intelligence-driven checks from afar before immediately turning his Bajaj Motorcycle to flee.
“In swift response, the tactical operatives engaged in hot pursuit after the fleeing suspect, into the pathways leading into a nearby forest, an action that led to a sack falling off the back of his Bajaj motorcycle. A cursory look into the content of the sack revealed it was an AK-47 Rifle with breech number 353913.
“Comprehensive investigations are ongoing not only to apprehend the suspect but as well crack down his criminal network and supply chain.
“The Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Police Command, CP Ngozi Onadeko, enjoins the good people of the state to partner with the police in terms of sharing credible and timely information valuable in curbing criminality and birthing a peaceful Oyo State of our collective dreams.”Oyo/Ogun border,” he said.