A 64 -year-old man, Zebulus Chiekezie , from Umukegwu -Akokwa in the Ideato North Local Government Area of Imo State has been arrested by the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad for allegedly selling guns and bullets to armed robbers in the state .
Chiekezie was apprehended for being in unlawful possession of four single-barrelled guns and 61 live cartridges.
A police source told Southern City News that SARS Annex Commander in Akokwa, Banjoko Idahosa, an Assistant Superintendent of Police , led the operation that led to Chiekezie ’s arrest .
The source said, “We got intelligence information about his ( Chiekezie ’s ) criminal activities. He sells guns and cartridges to criminal elements within the Akokwa area.
“ On storming his house , a search was conducted around his premises ; four single -barrelled guns and 61 live cartridges were recovered . The guns have no licences .”
The police source explained that the arrest of the man was a big breakthrough for the state police command , especially for the Commissioner of Police , Mr. Chris Ezike , who created the SARS Annex to deal with criminal activities within the boundaries of Imo and Anambra states .
“ This man is aiding and abating crimes in this part of the state . He has no licence to bear arms or sell them to criminals .
“ His criminal activities contravene the Firearms Act , Cap . F 28 , Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 . He would be charged to court to answer for his crimes, ” he added .
The suspect , however, told our correspondent that he bought two of the guns in Calabar , Cross Rivers State, and pointed out that while one belonged to his father , he used the other one for hunting games .
Though Chiekezie denied selling of bullets to criminals , he admitted that he did not screen the calibre of people he sold the bullets to .