Officers of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested a 22-year-old Ghanaian for renting out a locally-made pistol to a suspected robber in the Morogbo, Badagry area of the state.
John Kojo was reportedly arrested on Saturday, October 29 when he was identified as the owner of the gun by a robbery suspect identified as Banhusa Abujuny, Punch Metro reports.
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The pair is reportedly being detained by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Ikeja.
According to Punch Metro, the police said the gun was “stolen from another robbery gang.”
Punch Metro reports that some armed robbers unleashed terror at Kojo’s area in Morogbo on Friday, October 7.
Following distress calls to the police from some of the residents of the area and the efforts of vigilante group members mobilised against the robbers, they fled the scene, abandoning the pistol.
Kojo who was around the area reportedly picked up the weapon and hid it.
The police disclosed that Kojo later rented the gun out to Abujuny to be used in a robbery.
However, Kojo told Punch Metro that he hid the gun because he was afraid to turn it over to the police.
Kojo claimed to have been unaware that his friend, Abujuny, took the gun from his house.
“I got the gun after the robbers, who attacked Oko Afo, fled. The robbers came to our area and were moving from house to house. Some residents confronted them and they fled. I was one of those who chased the robbers.
“As they fled, they left one of the guns by the roadside and I picked it. I brought the gun home and hid it. I did not give the weapon to the police because I was afraid. I did not show the gun to anyone.
“Abujuny is my friend. He did not tell me that he had taken the gun. I was at home last week Saturday when SARS officers came and arrested me,” he said.
Meanwhile, Abujuny, claims to have been arrested in a street fight in the Alaba Market, Ojo, and that he had not robbed with the gun.
He said, “I had yet to rob with the gun. There was a fight in the Alaba Market on Friday and I threatened someone with the gun.”
According to the state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, the suspects would be charged to court at the end of ongoing investigation.