The Lagos State Police Command has arrested 33 years old Idris Ayinla and recovered a semiautomatic pistol, four live ammunition and one hat with cult insignia from him.
The suspect was arrested by Operatives of the Lagos Rapid Response Squad (RRS) in the early hours of July 8, 2023.
Ayinla and his gang members were said to have offered policemen bribe when their car was flagged. When the gang realized that the policemen were bent on searching the car, Ayinla opened fire, while others bolted.
The suspect, alongside three other occupants, were in a red Toyota Matrix with registration number EKY 638 EX, heading towards Oniru Beach when the operatives on routine patrol of Admiralty Road, Ikoyi flagged them down.
After the driver had brought the car to a stop, one of the occupants offered the officers some money, which they declined, rather insisting on searching the vehicle.
Sensing danger, the suspects all ran out of the car and one of them, Idris Ayinla, shot at the operatives while attempting to escape.
The operatives responded swiftly, because of which he sustained a gunshot wound on his leg, arrested him, and recovered his firearm.
The suspect has since been transferred to the Command headquarters for harmonization with ongoing investigations into activities of cultists within the state, after which all culpable suspects will be arraigned. Meanwhile, efforts are on to arrest the fleeing suspects.
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, CP Idowu Owohunwa, while commending the Commander RRS, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi and his operatives for their alertness and dedication to duty, assures Lagosians of the Command’s continued resolve to ensure their optimum safety and security.
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