Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Police Arrest ‘Mad Man’ With Pistol, Ammunition In Lagos

Operatives at the Anti‑Robbery section of the State Criminal Investigation Department ,SCID, Yaba, Lagos, are currently interrogating a ‘mad man’ in whose possession a double-barrel pistol and four live cartridges were found.
The man was arrested by policemen attached to Gowon Estate, Egbeda, weekend, while attempting to hide the arms and ammunition in a dump site on 5th Avenue, around Customs Junction, in Gowon Estate.

Eye-witnesses said the ‘mad man’ had been loitering around the area for two months. However, a curious passer‑by was said to have suspected him when he saw him wrapping an object with a rag. The ‘mad man’ was said to have thereafter started looking sideways, apparently to ascertain whether he was being watched, before he dumped the content wrapped with the rag inside a container in the dump site.

The passer‑by alerted others who immediately rushed to the dump site, only to discover that the ‘object’ was a double barrel pistol and four cartridges, consequent upon which he (mad man) was apprehended and handed over to Policemen at Gowon Estate.

Police sources at the station told Vanguard that during interrogation, the man’s speech was incoherent. Sources said:

“We tried to find out where he got the weapons from but he gave meaningless response. He was later transferred to the SCID where investigation is ongoing. Part of the investigation will include taking him to the psychiatric hospital to ascertain his mental stability before further investigation.”

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, confirmed the arrest during an interview with journalists in Lagos.

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