Delta police command recovers 200 illegal, prohibited arms, issues grace period to other deviants

Following the directive of the inspector general, Ibrahim Idris, of police that members of the Nigeria public should surrender all illegal and prohibited firearms at their disposal, the Delta state command of the Nigeria police force, on Monday told journalists that the people of Delta have complied with the directive as a total of 200 arms have been recovered from the state.

Briefing journalists at the command headquarters in Asaba, the state commissioner of police, Muhammad Mustafa, said beside the 200 arms, the command has also recovered 3789 live cartridges, 145 rounds of 9.56mm, 24 ammunitions and eight expended cartridges.

The recovered arms and ammunitions include 103 locally made single barrel guns, 10 pump action guns, three locally made double barrel guns, 53 cut to size single double barrel guns, 22 locally made pistols, among others.

The police commissioner said from the date the directive was issued till date, compliance has been great, consequently the command made great breakthrough in the recovery of the aforementioned fire arms and other ammunitions.

He said the arms were recovered from Sapele division, Ogwashi Uku division, Warri, Aladja, Ugborikoko and Effurun area of the state.

However, Mustafa said despite the number of arms so far recovered, the command is still intensifying effort to mop up any illegal or prohibited firearms within the state.

Following this, he said: “All persons who have failed to take advantage of the 21 days of grace from March 1 to March 21, 2018, which had been extended to them, should have themselves to blame and therefore be prepared to face the full weight of the law.”

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