The Akwa Ibom State Police Command, on Saturday, announced that it recovered 47 illegal arms as well as 172 live ammunitions and cartridges across the state.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Odiko Macdon, disclosed this while speaking with newsmen at the command’s headquarters, Ikot Akpan-Abia in Uyo.
Macdon said the recovery was in compliance with the directive of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on recovery of prohibited firearms, ammunition and weapons across the country.
He said the arms were recovered from suspected bandits, vigilance group and individuals.
According to him, arms recovered include three AK 47, one G3 rifle, three Pump action gun, three Single barrelled gun and 37 locally-made pistols.
“Today again, the Commissioner of Police has been able to showcase arms that have been recovered. Most of these arms were returned while some were seized during the mop up operations.
“A total of three AK 47, one G3 rifle, three Pump action gun, three Single barrel gun and then 37 locally made pistols and over 172 live ammunition and cartridges were recovered”.
The police spokesman also said that within the month, the command arrested 17 suspects over alleged involvement in different forms of criminalities in the state.
NAN reports that some of the suspects were arrested for murder, armed robbery, cultism and unlawful possession of fire arms.
“It is unfortunate and dastardly act when you see a family of three and two connive together and kill their brother and cut his head as you can see there.
“All the persons so paraded, ranging from cultism, unlawful possession of fire arms, murder and burglary, will be charged to court.”