Police operatives yesterday recovered nine pump action guns and 42 live ammunition from two fleeing suspected robbers in Amuwo Odofin, Lagos.
The weapons were recovered by men of the Area E command led by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Frank Mba.
It was learnt that the weapons, which were hidden in a sack, were abandoned by a fleeing motorcyclist and his passenger around Seventh Avenue in Festac, during a chase by a patrol team.
According to a source, patrols have been intensified around the neighbourhood to curb crime.
Narrating how the incident occurred, the source said the patrol team sighted the motorcycle, which was unregistered and pursued it.
What gave the robbers away, the source said, was the sack noticeably carried by a passenger on the motorcycle.
“We moved forward in pursuit of the bike and as soon as they sighted us, they ran away, abandoning the motorcycle and the sack. We could not shoot because we did not know what was in the sack. But when the sack was searched, we found nine pump action guns and 42 live cartridges”, he said.
The state command’s spokesman, Joe Offor, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said the cartridges were 42.
He said: “At about 11:15pm on Sunday, Anti-Robbery policemen in Festac found a bag abandoned by suspected robbers at Seventh Avenue, which contained nine pump actions and eight live cartridges.
“The fleeing suspects also abandoned an unregistered motorcycle. Investigations are ongoing to fish out the culprits”.