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Police recover 242 rifles, ammunition in Borno


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The Borno Police Command, yesterday, said it has recovered 242 rifles and ammunition from residents of the state at the expiration of the 21-day ultimatum given to members of the public to surrender illegal weapons and ammunition in their procession.

The recovered arms include nine AK-47 rifles, 33 pump action machine guns and 200 locally made guns.

The state Commissioner of Police, Damian Chukwu, who disclosed this while parading 12 arrested armed robbers and cattle rustlers at the state Police headquarters in Maiduguri, added that even though the recovered locally made guns were not among the prohibited arms and ammunition, the current circumstance indicated that they could be used for criminal activities.

He said on January 31, this year, a group of suspected hoodlums, numbering five and armed with deadly weapons, conspired and
invaded a cattle ranch owned by Musa Ardo Dawa of Tugga village in Damboa Council of the state and rustled six cows and 47 sheep.

On how they were arrested, Chukwu said: “Based on tip-offs, four of the five suspects- Abdullahi Barka, Sani Adamu, Awalu Ahmad and Adamu Baba Yakiwale, now late, were arrested by SARS operatives, in
collaboration with members of the vigilante.

“The stolen herds have since been recovered and in the course of investigation, the suspects admitted committing the crime.

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