Operatives of the Rivers State Police Command have arrested two men who were looking for four AK-47 rifles to buy in the state.
According to the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Friday Eboka, the command got a piece of information on Wednesday morning and deployed operatives of the anti-kidnapping squad to pose of sellers of the riffles.
Eboka said: “This morning (Wednesday), we also got information that some people were looking for AK-47 rifles to buy. We worked on that piece of information, developed it and sent our men to go and pose as those wanting to sell the rifles.
“Eventually, two men came up to buy the rifles. They agreed to buy the rifles for N850,000 per rifle. They wanted to buy four pieces; they came with a boat and had with them the sum of N1.3m, which they wanted to pay as a deposit.
“They promised that when we follow them to the river, they would give us the balance in the river. But these two people were arrested and the money was recovered.
“The third person escaped with their boat. The suspects confessed and said they wanted to buy the rifles to protect their community. I don’t know who gave them permission to bear AK-47 rifles to protect their community.”