Lagos police armourer sells arms to militants, attempts suicide

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Lagos police armourer sells arms to militants, attempts suicide

A police sergeant attached to the Ipakodo Police Division has been arrested after confessing to selling police arms and ammunition to suspected militants in Lagos State.

SUNDAY PUNCH exclusively gathered that the suspect, identified as Sergeant Sunday Odu, attempted to shoot himself dead at the station, but was prevented by a team inspecting the armoury.

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 was being investigated.

The source told our correspondent that the incident happened on Thursday, saying 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.

Also, a source at the SCIID confirmed that the policeman was in custody, adding that the number of ammunition sold was large.

He said, “I don’t know if he sold arms. But I am aware that he sold bullets to militants. The bullets he sold cannot be exhausted by a police division for one year. I was told the Divisional Police Officer, who checked the armoury, discovered that where they kept bullets were filled with stones. The bullets had developed wings. The DPO reported his findings to the state commissioner of police, who then ordered that he be detained and transferred to the SCIID. He is in the cell now.”

SUNDAY PUNCH gathered from a detective that the suspect confessed that he sold the bullets to militants, adding that the police command was already looking into the case.

He said the command was bothered about how militants were getting access to arms and ammunition and the spate of killings in the Ikorodu area.

“It will not be right to continue to protect these bad cops that are spoiling the name of the police force and I do hope that, with this discovery, others doing such terrible things would stop,” another source said.

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, did not pick his calls and asked our correspondent to send a message.

He had yet to reply to the message sent to him as of the time of filing this report.

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