By Our Correspondent
Two men suspected to be armed robbers and gun runners have been arrested by the police in Akwa Ibom State for illegal possession of guns.
The suspects: Ezekiel Adie, 35 and Emmanuel Akamabe, 28, both from Ogoja Local Government Area of Cross River State, were arrested along Itu road in Uyo, the state capital on their way to Bayelsa State.
The State Police Public Relations officer, PPRO, ASP, Cordelia Nwawe, while parading the duo on Friday at the State Police Headquarters, Ikot Akpan-Abia, Uyo, said the two men, also suspected to be ‘pistol gun dealers’ have been under security watch for some time now.
Nwawe said the two suspected persons had been trading on locally made Berretta English pistols and were arrested with four locally-made pistols along Calabar/Itu Highway by Safer Highway Patrol team who carried out a search on the vehicle which they travelled with.
In their confessional statement, both Emmanuel and Ezekiel admitted to the crime. “When the police stopped us at their Check Point in Itu, and searched the vehicle we boarded, they discovered the four pistols in our traveling bag. We were going to sell the guns to our agent in Bayelsa at the cost of N100,000.00 each. We bought the guns from the manufacturer in Benue state and we have been in the business for about a year now.”
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