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Police Recover Various Arms And Ammunitions, Parade Producer Of Adulterated Wines



But for the directive from the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris on the surrendering of arms to the police, one will not really imagine the large cache of arms in circulation.

On Tuesday, it was a display of arms in Lagos State, as the State Police Boss Imohimi Edgal led other officers to the open display of arms surrendered and recovered from individuals in the state.
Journalists and other observers were so amazed by the arms proliferation, and activities of suspected criminals in the state.
Before the directive from the IGP, this has been the success story of the Lagos police boss from September last year till date.
The latest of such display was that of assorted types of fire arms recovered from bandits and those returned by owners at the instance of a 21-day deadline given by the IGP that arms in circulation should be surrendered.
In all, the CP said there has been a recovery of a total of 188 fire arms including 38 pump action rifles, 6 AK 47 rifles, 12 double barrel rifles, 11 single barrel, 70 single barrel locally made cut to size short guns were displayed.

Others are 18 locally made revolver pistols, 3 Russian made imported Beretta pistols, 42 locally made double barrel short guns, 220 unexpended cartridges and 60 7.62 mm AK 47 ammunitions.

Paraded also at the Ikeja Police Command was a 55-year old Solomon Ojukwu, a manufacturer of suspected adulterated wine and spirits.
According to the police, he was accused of running an illegal wine factory at No. 56 Ojuwoye market in Mushin, Lagos and was arrested on a tip off on March 30, 2018.
Also recovered from the suspect were various empty bottles, labelled corks of various wines and drinks.
The police said the suspect confessed that he came to Lagos from Nnewi in 2015 after an inferno gutted his factory.
The police boss informed that it will work with NAFDAC to analyse the seized products and accordingly prosecute the suspect, “We will not allow sale of adulterated products,” the CP said.
He said that adulterated drinks poses a great risk to the health of Lagosians.
But the suspect who claimed to have been properly trained in wines and alcoholic drinks production while in Taipen, China said he returned to Nigeria and set up a factory to practice his trade in Nnewi, Anambra State.
He however said he lost all he gathered abroad in terms of business capital to an inferno when he returned to Nigeria.
In his chat with journalists, Mr. Ojukwu admitted that he went into production of the wide range of drinks in 2015 when he came to Lagos to ‘hustle’.
He said he used to trade under a nomenclature called Benaz as his own products, Ebal gin and Ebal Schnapps.
He said in addition to the loss of factory, his documentation got burnt in the inferno.
He said he however sought to re-register with NAFDAC but could not begin his registration all over again, saying that was what made him delve into production of the suspected adulterated alcoholic drinks, though he claimed his products were original as he explained that he used ingredients such as ethanol, flavour, sugar and colouring in producing them.
The suspect did note that he was aware that using the names of popular branded wines and spirits was improper, as he embarked on such business in order to feed himself and his family

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