Lagos Lawmaker Arrested Over Illegal Possession Of Firearms
Hon. Dipo Olorunrinu, member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Lagos State House of Assembly, is apparently the first victim of his caliber arrested for illegal possession of firearms.
The Inspector General of Police had asked the general public in possession of illegal firearms or expired license to surrender their guns to police formations nearest to them.
But three persons have fallen victims and arrested by the police.
The first and second suspects, namely, Wale Oye, male, 37 years; and Ganiyu Ajiboluwa, male, age 47 years were arrested on Thursday 12/07/2018, at about 17:45hrs by a team of Inspector General of Police X-Squad operatives on patrol along Festac Extension by Apple Junction, Amuwo Odofin, Lagos.
According to Lagos Police PRO, Chike Oti, a single barrel Mossverg Pump action rifle with identification number B/NO D512429, one Zirve Magnum Pump action rifle with number B/NO 45639 and two live cartridges were recovered from the suspects.
During interrogation, the suspects claimed the guns were given to them by Hon. Dipo Olorunrinu, male, age 47 years, to escort him to a political rally.
The Honourable member was consequently arrested and he admitted ownership of the guns.
To further prove that the weapons are his, he produced expired licenses dated 2015 and 2016 respectively.
He however could not justify his refusal to surrender the guns during the window period offered by the Inspector General of Police in the last nationwide mop up of illegal firearms and ammunition exercise.
Oti said investigation is in progress and further findings on the matter will be communicated to the general public.
The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Edgal Imohimi said a taskforce constituted for that purpose will soon embark on house to house search for illicit guns.
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