Nigeria Police Force have announced the arrest of a 4-man international arms-smuggling syndicate allegedly supplying arms and ammunitions to Boko Haram terrorists and other criminals across Nigeria.
According to the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, in a statement today, Monday, the suspected arms suppliers from whom 6000 AK47 Live ammunition were recovered, operate between parts of North African, the Sahel region and West African Countries.
He gave the names of the suppliers of arms as 45 years old Ojoomo Olugbenga, a native of Akure Central in Ondo State; 50 years old Oladimeji Adeogun, a native of Ido Local Government Area of Oyo State; 24 years old Habib Musibau, a native of Oluyole Local Government Area of Oyo State and 54 years old Thomas Olumuyiwa, a native of Ado-odo Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State.
Frank Mba said that they were arrested at Saki town, a Nigeria-Benin Republic border in Oyo State, adding that investigation revealed that the syndicate specializes in smuggling small arms, light weapons and ammunition from North Africa through the Sahel region and supplying same to their criminal partners; kidnappers, armed robbers, political thugs and other criminal elements in Nigeria and other West African countries.
He said that the arrest was made by the operatives of the Intelligence Response Unit (IRT), Special Tactical Squad (STS), Police Mobile Force, Counter Terrorism Unit and the Special Forces attached to Operation Puff Adder.