Three suspects, who claimed to be members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), have been arrested, with two US-made Beretta pistols allegedly found in their possession.
The police said they also found 41 rounds of live ammunition on the suspects, identified as Dare Hassan, 35; Clarkson Oritshejubemi, 36, and Ajanaku Azeez, 35.
The police said Hassan confessed they bought the two pistols for N500,000 and the ammunition for N100,000, which they intended to use for gang war.
“As union members, we are often engulfed in numerous gang wars. Our rivals used to have the upper hand in such wars and that was why we decided to buy our own,” the suspect allegedly wrote in his statement to the police.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, who confirmed the development to our correspondent yesterday, said the suspects were involved in the numerous crises in the Ojo and Okokomaiko areas of Lagos.
Elkana said that on July 16, 2020 at about 3pm, operatives of Raiders, in the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba, foiled a robbery attempt at the Ojo area and arrested Hassan, Azeez and Oritshejubemi.
“The suspects will soon be charged to court at the end of investigation,” Elkana added.