By Daud Olatunji
ABEOKUTA—The Ogun Police Command said it has recovered 3,545 arms and ammunition within the 21-day ultimatum earlier given for the submission of illegal firearms.
The Police had issued a-21-day ultimatum to those in possession of illegal firearms in the state for the submission of arms and ammunition so as to avoid being arrested and prosecuted.
The state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu while displaying about 4000 seized arms and ammunition during the parade of 27 suspected criminals, said the move was in compliance with the directive of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to reduce the illegal arms possession in circulation.
While parading the suspects at the Police Headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta, Iliyasu said they were arrested for various offenses ranging from armed robbery, kidnapping, car snatching and cultism.
Iliyasu said: “In compliance with the IGP’s directive, a press release was made in which 21-day ultimatum was given to those affected by the directive to surrender the arms in their possession failure of which will make the defaulters face the full wrath of the law.
“Some law-abiding citizens have complied with the order while some of the arms and ammunition paraded here were either seized or recovered from criminal gangs ranging from armed robbers, kidnappers, cultists among others.
“In all, we have 24 AK47 assault rifles, 66 pump actions and 1,088 single and double barrel guns.
“Others include 1,025 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition and as well as 1,241 rounds of live cartridges recovered within the period.”