By Peter Duru, Makurdi
The task force set up by the Benue state Police Command to mop up illegal weapons in the state as directed by the Inspector General of Police has recovered 46 different high calibre firearms and 126 rounds of live ammunition across the state.
Displaying the weapons yesterday at the Command Headquarters in Makurdi, the State Police Commissioner, Fatai Owoseni said the command had been working assiduously to carry out the IGP’s directive.
Owoseni said “among the weapons recovered were AK47 riffles, locally made pistols and English pistols. In addition to these 46 firearms recovered, were also 126 rounds of live ammunition, five cartridges and four AK47 magazines.
“We had focused our attention mainly on prohibited firearms as stipulated in the Firearms Act as well as some others weapons that are otherwise firearms but fall within the category of those weapons that the criminal law had criminalized in the public.
“We appeal to those who have these prohibited firearms to return them to the police. We have a record of those who by default have been given licenses for pump action riffles”, he added.
The Police Commissioner also enjoined all those in the habit of covering their car number plates to desist from the act while those with improvised tinted car windscreens, sirens and revolving lights to remove them immediately.
Also paraded were nine armed robbery suspects who were nabbed while terrorizing unsuspecting motorists on the busy Makurdi-Otukpo road.
Owoseni assured that the Command had put measures in place to ensure a crime free Easter festivities in the state.