A suspected cross-border gun runner, Abdulazeez
Amao, 47, has allegedly confessed to the police
how he supplies guns and ammunition to armed
Amao was arrested in his house at Ayegun Adasun
in Ibadan, Oyo State, western Nigeria, after he was
implicated by a suspected armed robber,
Olatunbosun Olatunji, 48, who alleged that Amao
supplies him guns for operations.
Items recovered in Amao’s house include 10 AK47
rifles and 19 magazines all loaded with 30 rounds
The two suspects were paraded on Tuesday by the
Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Umar
Manko at the command headquarters in Ikeja,
While making his confession, Amao denied that he
was involved in armed robbery, admitting that he
was only a businessman that deals in arms which
he buys from his customer known as Zakari Watara
in Burkina Faso.
He revealed that their network cuts across three
countries- Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger Republic,
while Nigeria is the destination for the weapons.
Amao revealed that he smuggles the weapons into
the country by packing them inside milk cartons
and transporting them to Paraku town in Benin
He said he repackages the rifles in Benin Republic
and hides them inside sacks containing yam flour
(Elubo) and then transports them to Ibadan, Oyo
State capital, through Kabo border.
Amao said he has many clients but his biggest
customers are robbers who make him good offers,
disclosing that most of his customers are from
Onitsha in Anambra State, eastern Nigeria.
He admitted that he had supplied various guns
such as AK47 rifles, and English made pistols and
bullets to his clients.
Amao revealed that he also services the weapons
when they develop fault if the owners return them
for such purposes.
He, however, noted that none of his customers
have ever introduced themselves as robbers to him
but he knew some were criminals.
“They cannot come to me and tell me I am a robber
and I will sell gun to them. But as an adult, such
demand for arms might be for robbery or to cause
violence in the society.”
While parading the suspects, Manko explained that
Amao was arrested by the men of the State Anti-
Robbery Squad, SARS, following the arrest Olatunji
at Suberu area of Ikorodu, Lagos.
According to him, Olatunji confessed that Amao
supplies gun to his gang and sells them for
Manko said following the confession, SARS decoy
team was deployed to Ibadan and after eight days
of intensive investigation, Amao was arrested in
his house where some arms were recovered.
The police said the suspects will be charged to
court after investigation.