Kogi state Police Command has disclosed the recovery of 457 illegal weapons across the 21 local government areas of the state. The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ali Janga, who disclosed this yesterday while displaying the recovered items during a security sensitisation campaign, said the Kogi state “cannot be a haven for criminals,” stressing that “those with criminal intent should repent or relocate.” Janga noted that the recovery of the illegal arms was a result of a protracted effort embarked upon by the command through the directive of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Idris Ibrahim, to ensure safe Kogi state.
He said: “We are mopping up all the illegal arms in the state for a safe Kogi, as Kogi state police command will not rest on its oars as more effort has been intensified on the recovery of illegal arms to allow trouble-free state. “Police alone could not provide security in the state since these criminals are not spirit but live among us, enter the same restaurants with us, enter the same bank with us, travel in the same vehicle with us, I am appealing to other stakeholders to cooperate and support the Police Force.”
Items recovered include 21 AK-47 rifles, pump action gun, 14 double-barrel guns, eight singlebarrel guns, 69, Dane guns 166, a locally made pistol, 134 pistols and 40 G3 guns and a Barretta.