Driver mistakenly delivers seven guns to Man expecting foodstuffs
A man identified as Aji Augustine, who was expecting to receive foodstuffs from his mother in Lagos State, was surprised to find guns delivered by an unidentified driver.
It was gathered that Augustine’s mother, who lives in Cross River State, sent the food to her son through the driver.
When they arrived in Lagos’ Ibeju Lekki neighborhood, the driver was said to have handed Augustine a package that belonged to someone else.
Augustine eventually opened the package and discovered seven guns inside.
He allegedly hurried to the nearest Police station to report the incident and turned over the firearms to officers for investigation.
While speaking to journalists on Friday, the state Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alabi, said a comprehensive investigation led to the arrest of one Joseph Ashiwobel, who shipped the sack from Calabar to Lagos.
He said the suspect confessed to the act during interrogation, which led to the arrest of two of his buyers, Rasheed Ogunbade, 39, and Aladeokin Ahmad, 38.
Alabi said, “On April 23, 2022, one Aji Augustine, of Ibeju Lekki, Lagos, went to receive food items sent to him by his mother from Cross River State through a driver who mistakenly gave him a sack that was meant to be delivered to someone else.
“When he opened the sack, he discovered seven locally made pistols. He rushed to the nearest police division and handed over the arms. Upon receipt of the case, detectives embarked on a diligent investigation that led to the arrest of one Joseph Ashiwobel, who dispatched the sack from Calabar to Lagos.
“During interrogation, he confessed that he had sold many guns to his customers here in Lagos and he led operatives to arrest two of his buyers, Rasheed Ogunbade, 39, and Aladeokin Ahmad, 38.
“Also one locally-made shotgun bought from Joseph Ashiwobel was recovered. The investigation is still ongoing to apprehend other fleeing suspects to recover more of the guns he had sold to people in Lagos.”