The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP, Fatai Owoseni, on Monday disclosed that the Command arrested two Nigerian soldiers who allegedly supplied arms to militants.
The CP told newsmen the arrest was made after residents of Sixth Avenue in FESTAC Town alerted the police.
While displaying the recovered items before newsmen at the police headquarters, Owoseni said it would have been disastrous if the weapons had been used.
He said, “After the discovery, the police arrested Warrant Officer (WO) Longinus Madu, who is attached to 353 Field Artillery and another over the incident.
“Based on credible information, police operatives including operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS stormed Sixth Avenue in Festac and recovered two AK47 rifles, 24 AK47 rifle magazines and a Brownie pistol magazine. An alarming number of 951 7.62mm live ammunition, 110 7.65mm live ammunition, a mask, vehicle number-plates and charms were also recovered.
“The command is working hard to trace how the arms and ammunition got to the area and to ensure that whoever is connected with that discovery is brought to justice.
“This is a classic example of police-community partnership. The police in that community have gained confidence of the public that was why they offered information that led to the recovery.
“The destruction the weapons would have done if the criminals succeeded in their aim would have been disastrous,” the CP stated.