It was a perfect façade, so they thought. Who could have suspected that a couple riding in a neat-looking Mercedes Benz car was not what they pretended to be. To an ordinary onlooker, they were mere international travellers, perhaps heading to Nigeria on a pleasure or a business trip.
However, the vigilance of a police patrol team uncovered their evil intention. The duo of Mr. Daniel Ofori, a Ghanaian and his Nigerian counterpart, Ms. Olufumolayo Adeyemo, were nothing but mere international gunrunners.
According to the police, Ofori and Adeyemo, specialise in trans-border arms supply to criminals in Nigeria and in the West African sub region.
A statement Tuesday by the Force Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mr. Frank Mba, a Chief Superintendent of Police, said a cache of 5,564 live cartridges was recovered from the duo at the Idi Iroko border in Ogun state.
Mba said: “The Nigeria Police Force last week arrested one Daniel Ofori ‘m’ - a Ghanaian and one other Olufumolayo Adeyemo ‘f’, both of whom reside in Accra, Ghana and are suspected to be behind the supply of arms and ammunition to criminal groups operating in parts of the country. The suspects were arrested at Idi Iroko, Ogun State, a town bordering Nigeria and the Republic of Benin. “A total of 5,564 rounds of live cartridges were recovered from the suspects.”
According to the police, the recovered cartridges were neatly concealed in the engine compartment and the inner crevices of the chassis of a Mercedes Benz 420 SE saloon car with registration No CC 270 FKJ, driven by Ofori, adding that they were intercepted by a police border patrol team while on tactical anti-crime operation along Atan – Idi Iroko road.
The Force PRO said: “The suspects who claimed to have taken off from Ghana via Benin Republic, en route Lagos, are now being investigated by detectives from the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), in line with the directive of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr, Mohammed Abubakar.”
The breakthrough, he said, was made possible by recent measures taken by the police to tighten security at all the country’s borders, in a bid to cut off the communication and supply chains of international criminal gangs, thereby enhancing the safety and security of law-abiding Nigerians.
Besides the announcement of the two international gunrunners, the police also announced the arrest of two suspects following a raid on a local arms manufacturing factory believed to be responsible for the supply of lethal weapons to armed robbers, kidnappers and other criminal gangs in the South-west, South-south and South-east.
Mba said the haul was made possible by the Edo State Police Command, which while acting on intelligence report, raided the factory during which it many items, including: two double-barrelled gun pipes, two double-barrelled gun butts, three single gun butts, nine single-barrelled gun pipes, seven expended cartridges, one drilling machine and a bag of weed suspected to be Indian hemp.
The two suspects arrested, according to the statement, are Abiodun Odiri and Ohikhuemen Alex.