The Oyo State police command on Thursday recovered 10,000 rounds of live cartridges from four suspected arms dealer who allegedly supplies arms and ammunitions to various armed robbery groups in the state.
The four suspects were among the 22 suspects paraded at the command headquarters in Eleyele, Ibadan, the state capital, by the commissioner of police, Shina Olukolu.
Also in the group are two young women caught with pistols and suspected to be armourers for a notorious robbery syndicate.
The ladies were said to have come from Mushin, Lagos state to Iseyi area of Oyo state allegedly to carry out their operations.
Other members of the group were arrested for various offences ranging from stealing, armed robbery, and obtaining money under false pretence as in the case of a fake microfinance bank operator who specialises in duping unsuspecting members of the public.
Police boss in the state while reiterating his resolve to rid the state of criminal elements said no stone would be left unturned in the bid to make Oyo State unconducive for criminals.
Olukolu noted that the heightened criminal activities would not deter the police but rather spur it on to ensure that the menace is controlled and safety of lives and property is assured.
However, when asked how he plans to differentiate genuine hunters from criminals, he was short of words.
Meanwhile, the Oyo State Police Commissioner, Shina Olukolu while addressing newsmen at the Eleyele Police Headquarters, Ibadan on Thursday, advised residents to be security conscious particularly as the festive season draws near.
He identified the arms dealers as Adekunle Abimbola, Abel Ojo , Mukaila Ariyo, and Ade Adebayo, noting that they were arrested on July 23, 2019, at Oke-bola area.
He said “the officers and men under my watch have continued to put up spirited efforts to ensure high level of professionalism and tolerance is demonstrated when carrying out their constitutional responsibility of the protection of life and property.
“Without mincing words, criminals in Oyo state have not been having a safe haven to carry out their dastardly acts of unleashing terror on innocent citizens due to constant raids and routine patrols of all nooks and crannies.
“However, the command is conscious of the possibility of increase of crime rate often associated with the festive season. Sequel to this, as part of our proactive measures to allay the fears of the people, we have Carrie out a review of our security architecture to guarantee security of lives and property of the citizens before, during and after the forth coming Eid-el-Kabir celebration”.