The Lagos Police Command has apprehended two suspects operating a clandestine firearms manufacturing factory, aimed at supplying weapons to criminals in the Ibeju-Lekki area of Lagos State. The factory was raided, and the suspects were arrested on September 11 following intelligence received by the police about its existence.
The police spokesperson, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the operation and listed the items recovered from the factory, which included locally-made firearms such as pistols and shotguns, cartridges, long pipes, drilling machines, a gas cylinder, a vehicle, and various fabricated tools.
These arrests were part of a broader crackdown on criminal activities in Lagos State, with a total of 32 individuals taken into custody for their alleged involvement in crimes such as product adulteration, firearm fabrication, armed robbery, theft, and cultism over the past month.
During this period, the police seized 25 firearms, including a toy gun, along with live and expended cartridges, long pipes, drilling machines, and other tools used in criminal activities. Several suspects involved in vehicle theft and vandalism were also apprehended.
One significant arrest led to the capture of a wanted suspected cultist and armed robber who had killed a rival gang member. This arrest subsequently led to the detention of six others in possession of illegal firearms and weapons.
The Lagos Police Command emphasized its commitment to eradicating the illegal manufacturing, sale, possession, and use of prohibited firearms within the state and encouraged individuals with illegal arms and ammunition to voluntarily surrender them to avoid arrest or prosecution.
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