Two soldiers have been arrested by the police for allegedly supplying militants with arms.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP, Fatai Owoseni, made the disclosure on Monday, November 22, telling newsmen that the arrests were made following reports from residents of Sixth Avenue in FESTAC Town, Daily Post reports.
Owoseni said that the use of the weapons would have been disastrous.
While displaying the weapons before newsmen, he said, “After the discovery, the police arrested Warrant Officer (WO) Longinus Madu, who is attached to 353 Field Artillery and another over the incident.
“Based on credible information, police operatives including operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS stormed Sixth Avenue in Festac and recovered two AK47 rifles, 24 AK47 rifle magazines and a Brownie pistol magazine. An alarming number of 951 7.62mm live ammunition, 110 7.65mm live ammunition, a mask, vehicle number-plates and charms were also recovered.
“The command is working hard to trace how the arms and ammunition got to the area and to ensure that whoever is connected with that discovery is brought to justice.
“This is a classic example of police-community partnership. The police in that community have gained the confidence of the public that was why they offered information that led to the recovery.
“The destruction the weapons would have done if the criminals succeeded in their aim would have been disastrous,” the CP stated.
In a similar development, the police force reportedly discovered caches of weapons in the Festac area of Lagos state.