Anambra State Police Commissioner, Garba Umar, says a total of 106 illegal and prohibited arms have been recovered from people who are in possession of such arms in the state.
Disclosing this to journalists at the State Command Headquarters in Awka, he said the mop up of arms was in line with the directive of the Inspector General of Police to various commands in the nation to recover illegally possessed arms in the hands of people.
The State Police Boss gave a breakdown of the recovered arms.
Garba said, We have recovered various arms from people who are not authorized by law to be in possession of them in line with the directive of the Inspector General of Police. Here before you are 59 pump action, 46 locally made pistols with cartridges and one browning pistol. Some people voluntarily surrendered theirs while others were mopped up by our men
He further appealed to the public to give them information as to where firearms in the hands of people could be recovered as nobody found in possession of such arms would be spared, adding that it was only double barrel guns licensed for hunting would be allowed.
I want to still appeal to the people of the state to willingly surrender illegal and prohibited firearms in their possession to the police. It is a note of warning to them to do so in their own interest because if you are caught, you face prosecution
He expressed with delight that the state has remained peaceful and the people relatively law abiding, pointing out that crisis that erupted between Aguleri and Umuleri communities over land ownership is under control as the parties were asked to maintain the status quo by a law court pending the determination of the substantive suit.
Source: Voice of Nigeria