Police Armourer Arrested For Selling 162 Arms To Militants
Sunday Odu will stop being part of the problem faced by the Nigerian Police in their fight against militants in Lagos.
He served as a police sergeant attached to the Ipakodo Police Division. He has been arrested after confessing to selling police arms and ammunition to suspected militants.
The suspect tried to kill himself at the station after he was found out, but was prevented by a team inspecting the armory.
A source told our correspondent that the sergeant had been detained and put in a cell at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, where the case is being investigated.
The source said that the incident happened on Thursday. Odu indicted another policeman whom he claimed connived with him in selling the arms.
“A police audit team, led by an assistant commissioner of police, went to the station on Thursday. It was a verification exercise to know the situation of arms and ammunition at the station.
“They attempted to bribe the team, but they insisted on doing their job and going on with the inspection of the armoury.
“During the audit, they discovered that they had sold many of the arms and ammunition. To be precise, about 162 arms had been sold.
“Immediately the situation was discovered, the armourer, a police sergeant, cocked his gun and wanted to kill himself.
“But the team quickly seized the gun from him and handcuffed him. He has been taken to the SCIID. After much interrogation and beating, he confessed that he sold the arms and another policeman was involved,” said the source.
The police command was bothered about how militants were getting access to arms and ammunition and the spate of killings in the Ikorodu area of Lagos, until this discovery.