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Police arrest teenage herder with AK-47 rifle in Ogun forest

Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested a teenage herdsman simply identified as Mohammed, with one AK-47 rifle.

The suspect whose age could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report was arrested while hiding in a forest with the AK-47 rifle.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.

Oyeyemi said the suspect was arrested following information received by the Divisional Police Officer, Imeko Divisional Headquarters.

The PPRO added that the police were told that two young Fulani herdsmen were sighted at CAC Oha forest Iwoye-Ketu in Imeko-Afon Local Government Area with AK-47 rifles.

He said, “Upon the information, the DPO quickly mobilised his men, other stakeholders like the hunters, vigilante men, So-Safe Corps and stormed the said forest.

“After hours of combing the forest, one Mohammed was seen hiding in the bush with one AK-47 rifle and was promptly arrested.

“The arrested armed boy is strongly suspected to be a member of kidnap syndicates who has been terrorising the area for quite some time now.”

Oyeyemi, however, said the Commissioner of Police, CP Edward Ajogun, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the state Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.

The Commissioner of Police also directed that the entire forest be properly combed with the view to apprehending other members of his gang, the spokesman added.

 

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