A 15-year-old girl has been arrested by the Akwa Ibom State Police Command for allegedly possessing a locally-made pistol belonging to her boyfriend, Mr. Ofonime Eton, 23.
The teenage girl who is from Mbiaya, in Uruan Local Government Area of the state concealed the deadly weapon in her handbag after police intercepted the tricycle she was riding with her boyfriend.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Murtala Mani, said during a press conference in Uyo on Wednesday that when the teenager discovered that the police team on duty was about stopping the tricycle for a search, he quickly passed the gun to the teenager, who concealed it in her bag.
When asked how she came about the firearm, the girl stated that they were returning from a vigil on November 6 when the police came around their tricycle, seized the gun and arrested them. She revealed that her boyfriend was a cultist but she had not seen him with a gun before that fateful day.
“We were on our way back home from a vigil which a friend invited us to. When he (Eton) saw the police, he passed the gun to me; I collected it. So, when the police came, they collected the gun from me and arrested both of us,” she confessed.
The two suspects will soon be charged to court to face the full weight of the law after investigation is concluded by the police.