Operatives attached to the Monitoring Unit of Oyo State Police Command, led by the Commander, CSP Olusola Aremu, on Sunday, May 2, 2021, intercepted an AK-47 rifle from a suspected gunrunner who escaped.
The sophisticated weapon was intercepted while the operatives were on stop-and-search duty at Bakatari, a community in the state which shares boundary with Ogun State.
Disclosing this in a statement, the police spokesman in the command, DSP Adewale Osifeso, said that the gunrunner decided to flee with his Bajaj motorcycle when he spotted the tactical officers from a distance while they were performing their routine checks.
The operatives, according to Osifeso, responded swiftly and went in pursuit of the suspect into the pathway leading to a nearby forest.
This made a sack to fall off the back of the motorcycle the suspect fled with.
“A cursory look into the content of the sack revealed it was an AK-47 rifle with breech number 353913.
“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,” the PPRO stated.