The police in Oyo State have arrested four suspected illegal arms dealers believed to have been supplying arms and ammunition to armed robbery syndicates around Ibadan, the state capital.
The Commissioner of Police in the State, Sina Olukolu, paraded the suspects on Thursday at the Eleyele Command in Ibadan. He said they were caught with 10,000 live ammunition in their possession.
Mr Olukolu said the suspects were arrested after the Special Anti-Robbery Squad office in Ibadan got a tip-off on their hideout at Oke Bola area of Ibadan.
He said the suspects had been terrorizing members of the public within and outside Ibadan metropolis and other parts of the state.
“Sequel to this information, a team of operatives from SARS swung into action and in the process, four of the hoodlums who later identified themselves as Adekunle Abimbola, Abel Kojo, Mukaila Ariyo, and Ade Adebayo were arrested in Ibadan in the said hideout.
“Ten thousand pieces of live catridges, an unregistered Toyota Sienna LE mini bus, and a Toyota Camry with registration number Lagos GGE 979 FT were also recovered from the hoodlums.”
The police chief said the proactive approach and sustainable community policing strategy in the state had continued to get positive results against criminals in Oyo State.
He, however urged members of the public to be wary of criminals, particularly during the approaching El del Fitri festive period.
“Members of the public should be careful of the place they go, and people should be careful of whom they associate with, and they should know that adequate security of their life and property is guaranteed,” the police boss said.
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