The Nigerian Police has recovered cache of arms and ammunition illegally acquired by individuals and bandits including 63 riffles and sophisticated pistols in Kano state.
This was in compliance to the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris’ directive on recovery of illegal fire arms in the hands of individuals and bandits nation-wide.
Kano state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Rabiu Yusuf while showcasing the items at the command’s headquarters said some of the arms and ammunition recovered include 27 AK 47 riffles, two Lar riffles, 4 pump action, one G-3 riffle, one magnum bow, Us-made, 319 .6mm live ammunition, 86 .3mm live ammunition, 127 cartridges and 17 magazines.
Some of these items can only be licensed by the president but were being illegally held, he said.
He noted that the arms and ammunitions were recovered by a committee within the 21 days grace period, from criminals and unauthorised persons.
The Committee set up to that effect has made an appreciable recovery of fire arms and ammunitions from criminals and individuals such as armed robbers, kidnappers, cattle rustlers, bandits as well as those who voluntarily surrendered their arms and ammunition to the Command during the grace period, he explained.
He warned those who are yet to return their firearms and illegally acquired weapons to do so before the expiration of the grace period or risk prosecution.
The Command will commence enforcement of confiscating all illegally acquired arms and ammunitions and order dangerous weapons, while the person (s) bearing such will be made to face the full wrath of the law, the Police Commissioner warned.
He urged members of the public to promptly report any person found in possession, bearing or in custody of any arms to the nearest police station, Area Command offices or the state headquarters.
He further stated that the mopping exercise is connected to preparations for adequate security of lives and property before, during and after the 2019 elections.
Special Task Force
He added that the Command has set up a Special Task Force with the mandate to stop the movement of firearms and dangerous weapons in and out of the state from all the exit and entry points.
Kano is the most populous state in Nigeria and also the second biggest commercial center in Nigeria.
Source: Voice of Nigeria