John ODHE, Yenagoa
The Bayelsa State Police Command on Wednesday parraded a suspected 20-year old gunrunner who confessed to journalists in Yenagoa that he collects N5,000 commission from each gun he sells to criminals.
The suspect, who was identified as Peter Obiora from Abia state but residing in Yenagoa, said one Uwalaka, still at large, had been supplying him locally made guns to sell to hoodlums at the rate of N20,000 from which he collects his N5,000 commission.
Obiora, who was parraded alongside sixteen other armed robbers and cultists as well as twenty bags of marijuana, further confessed that he was nabbed by policemen on operation stop-and-search on his way to supply more guns, adding that he had successfully supplied six guns before his arrest.
Briefing the press after parrading the suspects, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Nkereuwem Akpan said since he arrived in the state on March 26, the police command, through effective community policing strategy, had achieved a lot in fight against crime.
The CP highlited items recovered from the suspects to include: 14 locally made pistols, 1 dummy gun, 2 short guns, 1 berretta pistol, .9 mm ammunition, 5 live cartridges, 20 bags of Indian hemp, a Toyota Sequoia car and one tricycle.
While commending Bayelsans for their cooperation with the police, CP Akpan called on residents to continue to volunteer useful information that could help security agencies fight crime in the state.