The Bayelsa Police Command has arrested a suspected gunrunner, 45-year-old Markus Akassa from Ekeremor Local Government area alongside his suspected partner, Ekioyoufegha Agge, 34, following intelligence reports on Tuesday for selling an AK 47 riffle for N500,000 and aBerettaa pistol for N250,000.
The police recovered one AK47 rifle and two Barreta pistols from the suspects who claimed to have sourced the arms from the Republic of Cameroon.
DSP Asinim Butswat, spokesperson of the command in Yenagoa said that the suspect was arrested in a sting operation on June 16 at a hotel in Ekenfa 3, Yenagoa.
“The suspect confessed that he usually travelled to the Republic of Cameroon to buy arms and ammunition in a community called Okwa, a border town with Bakassi Peninsula.
“He also admitted that he sells an AK 47 riffle for N550,000 and Berratta pistol for N250,000 in Nigeria,” Butswat said.
Mr Butswat said that the operation was in furtherance of the directive by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to police commands to mop up arms and ammunition from unauthorised persons.
He said that police detectives lured the suspected notorious gun runner, who hails from Ekeremor Local Government Area of the state, under the guise of purchasing arms from him.
The gunrunner was arrested with a 34-year-old man from Oboro Town in Delta, who usually introduced him to buyers.