- Some sophisticated arms recovered by the Nigeria Police Force were displayed in Abuja to show the success of its mop-up exercise
- The police also released numbers of its units that can be reached as the exercise continues
- It also urged members of the public to support the battle to rid Nigeria of illegal arms
The Nigeria Police Force on Monday, April 9, displayed some sophisticated arms recovered in the mop-up, the disarmament and recovery exercise across the country ordered by the inspector-general of police, Ibrahim Idris.
The disarmament covers all prohibited firearms, ammunition and weapons in the possession of all suspected militias, bandits, armed herdsmen and farmers, vigilante groups, neighbourhood watch and other groups or individuals.
A statement by Moshood Jimoh, the force public relations officer, reads: “Consequently, on expiration of the 21 days ultimatum given by the force for voluntary return of all prohibited firearms in the hands of members of the general public, individuals and groups such as vigilantes and neighbourhood watch group in any of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) including the 774 local government areas of the federation or town unions, hunters and watch night men or any group or association under any capacity or guise other than statutory security agencies recognized and gazetted by the federal government of Nigeria to bear firearms of specified category; the Police Joint Task Enforcement team in compliance with IGP’s directives and working on actionable intelligence, swung into actions and embarked on mop-up, seizure and recovery of all illegal and prohibited firearms and ammunition from wrong hands, suspected militias, militants, criminal/unlawful gangs through search, raid and seizure from identified premises, hideouts, dwelling houses, buildings and sites where these illegal/prohibited firearms were kept based on reasonable suspicion and intelligence and recovered the following prohibited/illegal firearms and ammunition:
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1. GPMG (General Purpose Machine Gun) - 2
2. AK47 Rifles - 114
3. SMG Rifles - 8
4. Other Assorted Guns - 301
Total - 425
“This operation which is still ongoing among other purposes, is aimed at the full enforcement of the firearms act, mopping-up and recovery of all prohibited firearms and illegally acquired weapons and will enable the Nigeria Police Force deal decisively with herders and farmers clashes, kidnappings, armed robbery, cattle rustling, militancy and terrorism etc."
The police authority also released phone numbers of major departments to help in the mop-up operations while asking the public to assist in the regard.
DIG Department of Operations: 08037025670
O/C IGP Monitoring Unit: 08032451594
O/C IGP Special Tactical Squad: 08036783383
O/C IGP Intelligence Response Team: 09098049333
“They can also report such violations directly to the commissioners of police in various commands across the country through their phone contacts, attached hereunder.
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“The IGP has graciously extended the ultimatum for another 21 days with effect from Monday, 9th April, 2018 - 30th April, 2018. This is as a result of impressive compliance by Nigerians across commands in the Country and also to grant public request for an extension as recorded in some states of the federation.
“The renewed commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to guarantee protection of Lives and Property across the country remains unequivocal and unwavering,” the statement added.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that the Sokoto state command of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has recovered at least 948 guns under the amnesty programme as well as from operations in the last 24 months as revealed by Murtala Mani, its commissioner.
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