From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
The officers of the Kogi State police command have recovered a total of 457 guns from unauthorised persons following the directive of the Inspector-General of Police, (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris.
The IGP had ordered all police commands nationwide to mop up all illegal arms and ammunition from criminals and other unauthorised persons.
The state Commissioner of police, Ali Janga, at the weekend displayed the catches of arms recovered from the criminals to journalists at the command headquarters in Lokoja.
He said that the arms haul was the result of IG’s order on disarmament and recovery of prohibited firearms, ammunition and weapons in the possession of all suspected militias and bandits.
The directive, according to him, covered retrieval of arms and ammunition from vigilante groups, neighbourhood watch and other groups of individuals bearing prohibited firearms and ammunition.
A breakdown of the recovered arms showed 21 AK47 rifles, 14 Pump Action guns, eight double barrel guns, 69 single barrel, and 166 Dane guns.
There were also 134 locally-made pistols, 40 pistols, one G3 and four Barrett’s pistols.
The commissioner also paraded two armed robbery suspects, Onalo Okiye and Abu Adamu, who allegedly shot a woman and her two children on their faces. The victim identified as Mrs. Esther Inus was robbed of the sum of N20,000.