Operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Ogun State have arrested a 24-year-old student of the National Open University of Nigeria, Kayode Alajo, in Abeokuta for allegedly being in possession of a firearm.
The Suspect was arrested around Tekobo area of Idi-Aba, Abeokuta in the early hours of Friday with a locally made gun, which he claimed was given to him by a friend with whom he lived in the same area.
Other items recovered from the suspect’s room include one international passport and a scholars’ withdrawal slip belonging to one Joseph Olayinka, one SS 111 student, Adenuga Olasubomi ‘s identity card belonging to one Adenuga Olasubomi, another official identity card of a kosofe Local Government staff.
Also, assorted charms, a sim card and other ‘‘incriminating” documents were recovered from him.
Our correspondent gathered that Alajo was arrested when he was apprehended by some residents for allegedly breaking into one Toyota camry with registration number Lagos FFF 593 AA and stealing a dry-cell battery belonging to one Rabiu.
The suspect however disclosed that two other members of his gang, Adelanwa Seun and Adelanwa Damilola, escaped on sighting some of the residents of the community and the Civil Defence operatives who were on patrol of critical infrastructure around the Sam Ewang/Idi Aba axis, who were in search of them.
Though Alajo denied involvement in the crime, he was unable to explain how he got the gun and other items found in his possession.
Confirming the arrest of the suspect, the NSCDC Public Relations Officer, Kareem Olanrewaju said,” Alajo and his gang will need to explain where they came by the gun and what they were doing with it and other incriminating items”.
Olanrewaju added that the suspect might give clues to the security agent on the crimes committed in the area in recent times.
The Civil Defence spokesman stressed that operatives of the corps on patrol of critical infrastructure would continue to assist people in distress while performing their duty in line with the directives of the State Commandant, Aboluwoye Akinwande.