Sunday, April 22, 2018

47 illegal arms recovered, 17 suspects arrested in Akwa Ibom

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The Akwa Ibom State Police Command on Saturday said it recovered 47 illegal arms and 172 live ammunition and cartridges across the state.

The spokesperson for the police in the state, DSP Odiko Macdon, disclosed this while speaking with journalists at Ikot Akpan-Abia in Uyo, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

Macdon said the recovery was in compliance with the directive of the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on recovery of prohibited firearms, ammunition and weapons across the country.

He said the arms were recovered from suspected bandits, vigilance groups and individuals.

According to him, arms recovered include three AK-47 rifles, one G3 rifle, three pump action gun, three single-barrelled guns and 37 locally-made pistols.

He said, “The Commissioner of Police has been able to showcase arms that have been recovered. Most of these arms were returned while some were seized during the mop-up operations.’’

The police spokesman also said within the month, the command arrested 17 suspects for alleged involvement in different forms of criminalities in the state.

He stated that some of the suspects were arrested for murder, armed robbery, cultism and unlawful possession of firearms.

He added, “It is an unfortunate act when a family of three connived to kill their brother and cut his head.

“All the persons paraded for acts ranging from cultism, unlawful possession of firearms, murder to burglary, will be charged to court.”

Macdon said it was the determination of the state CP, Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi, to make Akwa Ibom one of the safest states in the country and a destination of choice for tourists.

He called on Akwa Ibom residents to maintain the peace and live in harmony with one another.




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