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Oyo police recovers 178 arms

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The Oyo state police Command has claimed that it has recovered a whopping 178 different arms and 840 ammunitions, from the general public who has heeded its warning to submit all prohibited arms in their possession.

The state Commissioner of Police CP Abiodun Odude, told Journalists at the Police Headquarters on Thursday that, some other arms and ammunition were also recovered from criminals in the state, over the
past few months.

Odude further disclosed that the exercise is ongoing and that officers of the command would soon conduct a house to house search for arms in the state.

He warned that anybody found to be in possession of arms shall be summarily dealt with. He, however, attached a proviso, that officers who are in involved in the exercise must provide valid search warrants before the entering the premises of residents in the state.

he gave the breakdown of the recovered arms and ammunition as follows; Arms recovered from members of the public: 27 units of Pump Action guns, 1 imported single-barrel gun, 1 imported pistol, with 31 live cartridges.

Arms recovered from bandits (149) include 13 imported double barrel gums, 65 locally-made barrel guns, 21 imported pistols, 6 KA rifle, 2 sterling SMG, 4 SMG (OFN), 3 Beretta rifle, 1 ARS rifle, with a total of 709 ammunition.

On the update of the kidnapping and armed robbery attacks in the Igbeti/Igboho axis of the state, CP Odude explained that five more suspects have been arrested in connection with the kidnapping of two WAEC (West Africa Examinations Council) officials, bring the total to 21.

He warned that his command shall continue to breathe down the necks of criminals in the state, while also pleading for the cooperation of the public and sister security agencies in the state.

His words; ”I want to assure you that the command will not rest on its oars, until the affected places and other parts of the state are completely rid of armed bandits. In our quest to achieve this objective, we fervently solicit the unflinching support of the public and other sister agencies.”


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