Operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Ikeja, Lagos State Police Command have started quizzing a police sergeant who was alleged to be selling ammunition to suspected robbers.
The sergeant, Ejembi Austin, was arrested after the robbers who were already in police custody alongside with policemen set a trap for him.
Austin walked neatly into the trap.
Indeed, he was arrested at the point when money and ammunition were exchanging hands.
Austin was recruited into the Nigeria Police Force in 1999.
He trained in Kaduna and later mobilized into the Mobile Police Force 20 Squadron, where he worked with the Rapid Respond Squad.
When he left Mopol 20, he started working at ‘Area A Police Command,’ Lion Building, Lagos Island, under Assistant Commissioner of Police, Imohinmi Edgal,
When some armed robbers were arrested by SARS operatives, they confessed that they have their base in Lagos, but operated in Benin Republic.
They further alleged that Austin usually supplies them with ammunition for their guns.
When the suspects realized that the police did not believe their allegation, they produced Austin’s phone number.
A police source said: “Right there, they dialled the sergeant’s phone number.
“The sergeant, unaware that the police were listening, greeted them in a familiar way.
“They told him that they needed some ammunition.
“He asked them how many packets and they asked him back how many he could give them right then.
“He replied three packets.
“They made appointment where to meet.
“The sergeant was arrested just as he was handing over the ammunition and collecting money from the suspects.”
Sensing the noose was tightening around his neck and determined to escape, Austin said he used to get the ammunition from another policeman to sell.
He also denied knowing the robbers.
According to him, he thought they were policemen calling him for ammunition.
Austin, a man with two wives and five kids, said his first wife was a police corporal.