Police arrest notorious gunrunner, accomplice in Bayelsa

Simon Utebor, Yenagoa

The Bayelsa State Police Command says its operatives have arrested a suspected notorious gunrunner, Markus Akassa, and his accomplice, Ekioyoufegha Agge, at a hotel in Akenfa area of Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state.

The command also said it recovered one AK 47 rifle and two Barreta pistols from the suspects.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Bayelsa State Command, Mr. Asinim Butswat, said in a statement on Tuesday that detectives from the Anti-Cultism Unit and the State Intelligence Bureau apprehended the suspects in a coordinated covert operation.

Butswat, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said the detectives lured the 45-year-old Akassa from Ekeremor LGA of Bayelsa under the guise of purchasing arms from him.

He noted that the suspected gunrunner was arrested with Agge, 34, from Oboro town in Delta State, who usually introduced him to buyers.

The police spokesman said, “They were arrested on  June 16, 2018, at 1400hours, at a hotel at Akenfa 3, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

“The arms that were recovered from them are one AK47 riffle and two China-made Barreta pistols.

“The prime suspect confessed that he usually travelled to the Republic of Cameroon to buy arms and ammunition in a community called Okwa, a border town with Bakassi Peninsula.

“He confessed he usually sells an AK 47 riffle for N550,000 and Barrata pistol for N250,000 in Nigeria.”

Butswat said investigation was ongoing to recover some of the guns he earlier sold and arrest the buyers.

He said the arrest was in furtherance of the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris’, directives of mopping-up arms and ammunition from unauthorised persons.

“The command appeals to members of the public to avail the police with useful information that may lead to recovery of arms from unauthoriased persons,” he said.

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