Police talk tough over Ekiti 2018 guber polls, recovers arms in three states
The Ekiti Police Command has warned the political class to conduct itself appropriately as this year’s governorship election in the state approaches.While warning politicians against the use of firearms during the electioneering period, the force, however, disclosed that it had arrested 12 suspects and recovered15 local and assorted rifles in the ongoing mopping up of arms nationwide.
The Commissioner of Police, Abdullahi Chafe, told reporters yesterday in Ado-Ekiti that the move was consistent with the directive by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, in that regard.
However, the Independent national Electoral commission (INEC) has indicated intention to lift ban on campaigns in the state. Also, the Police have recovered 148 illegal firearms and other dangerous weapons in Enugu State.This is coming about one month after it set up the taskforce to mop up illegal arms and ammunitions in line with the IGP’s directive.
State Commissioner of Police, Danmallam Mohammed who briefed newsmen on the activities of the joint taskforce it set up on February 26, this year, stated that 155 ammunitions and 205 cartridges have also been recovered.
He gave a breakdown of the recoveries made so far as10 AK 47 rifle; 30 Pump Action gun; 33 locally made pistol single barrel gun; 36 locally made pistol double barrel gun; eight (8) locally made cut to size short gun; three (3) locally made revolver short gun; 11 Barreta pistol and 17 single barrel long gun.He disclosed that the recoveries were made through the stop and search operations which included those illegally being carried by herdsmen.
Meanwhile, the police in Edo State yesterday disclosed that it recovered not less than 120 assorted firearms during a mop-up exercise in Benin City.Commissioner of Police, Babatunde Kokumo, disclosed this in Benin City, the state capital.He said the operation was in line with the directive by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.He added that the exercise also led to the arrest of five persons.
The commissioner displayed the recovered arms to journalists yesterday.He listed the firearms nine Ak47 rifles, one K2 rifle, one Beretta rifle, one TO6 rifle, 15 pump action guns, seven single barrel guns, two double barrel guns, two cut to size guns and two English pistols.