Operatives of the Oyo State Police Command Monitoring Unit, led by CSP Olusola Aremu intercepted an AK-47 rifle from a suspected gunrunner yesterday.
The assault rifle was intercepted by the Monitoring Unit on Sunday, May 2, 2021 during a stop-and-search operation at Bakatari community, very close to the Oyo/Ogun State border.
In a statement released by the Police Spokesman, DSP Adewale Osifeso, it was disclosed that the gunrunner had spotted the stop-and-search operation from a distance and fled on his motorcycle into a nearby forest with the Monitoring Unit operatives in hot pursuit as soon as they spotted his evasive maneuver.
The gunrunner managed to escape into the forest but a sack fell off his motorcycle as he was trying to get away and an AK-47 rifle with breech number 353913 was found inside the sack.
According to DSP Osifeso, “Comprehensive investigations are ongoing, not only to apprehend the suspect, but crack down his criminal network and supply chain. The Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Police Command, Ngozi Onadeko, enjoins the good people of the state to partner with the police in terms of sharing credible and timely information, valuable in curbing criminality and birthing a peaceful Oyo State of our collective dreams” he said.